By learning and adhering to a few simple safety standards, you’ll help ensure an enjoyable pool experience for you, your family and your friends for years to come.
Whenever in or near water, children should have competent adult supervision should always be on hand. Water is quite a draw to small children, so adults should be watchful at all times around any water element, even when swimming is not on the agenda. Never assume that flotation devices will suffice - there is no substitute for constant adult supervision. Even a child that has participated in swimming lessons still needs adult supervision.
A warning sign and safety labels should have been provided and installed by your pool professional. It is important to permanently display safety rules and review all rules with pool guests.
When entering a pool, proceed with caution. Always enter FEET FIRST! Consult with your pool professional to determine applicable safety standards for diving in your pool. A person must know the depth of the water, the configuration of the bottom and the slope of the bottom before you should allow anyone to dive. If there is any doubt, do not allow your guests to dive or slide headfirst.
When you gather around the pool, don’t add anything to the mix that might impair reaction time or decision-making ability such as alcohol and/or drugs. Anything that can cause sleepiness, drowsiness, or that raises or lowers your blood pressure should be avoided. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a person’s judgment and increase the risk of injury around your pool.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) represents companies and individuals in the swimming pool industry and is committed to safe, healthful and enjoyable use of pool industry products. The APSP provides a variety of useful tools for pool professionals and consumers, including the excellent brochure, “The Sensible Way To Enjoy Your Inground Pool” to learn how to avoid swimming related accidents.
Install a secure enclosure around your pool area to avoid unauthorized or unsupervised use. Consult your city, county, or state codes or regulations for building and safety requirements for your backyard pool. Radiant Pools are designed and intended for private residential use only. Swim safely please.