Summer is here! While summer means fun and families searching out ways to keep cool, it’s important to take proper precaution. Owners and operators of swimming pool facilities have the duty to maintain the safety of the pool and surrounding premises. Here are some tips from Mackoul’s Rebecca Liloy that can help you handle the day-to-day operations of a community-friendly pool environment.
- Never leave the pool unattended. This is the most important step to prevent pool accidents. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 should be supervised by a responsible adult.
- Post hours and rules. These should be posted in a visible spot where all can see and read.
- Have a fence surrounding the pool. The fence should completely separate the pool from all other common areas and should be at least 4 feet high. The fence gate should have self-closing and latching gates.
- Make sure that the pool deck or surface is non-slip. Slippery pool surfaces are a liability. Take the appropriate measures to improve the surface traction and avoid dangerous situations.
- Cover outdoor pools when they are not in use. Covering your pool keeps out leaves, twigs, and debris. This can also help keep maintenance costs down. They lower heating bills and cut down on the use of chemicals.
- Regulate chemicals carefully. Chlorine and other chemicals can have adverse effects on our health. Educate yourself on pool chemical safety.
For more information and safety tips, please visit the New York State Division of Code Enforcement and Administration website.