If you have a swimming pool at home then you need to have safety precautions to go along with it. Different places have different rules but there are a few no-brainers that everyone should consider before buying a home with a pool, or having one installed.
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Whether you own an above-ground or in-ground pool, it needs a safety barrier. Some sort of dedicated fencing for in-ground pools, will protect against children falling in or anyone else for that matter. After all, people may get into your yard at night, or animals, and the last thing you want is them flailing around, trapped within a pool cover. Above ground pools could utilize a locking gate across the ladder, or if it has a deck lead out to it, a gate at that point.
Make sure the area around the pool is clean and clear of clutter at all times. If someone accidentally falls and hits their head, you could find yourself in a tragic situation very quickly. It’s also important that you never allow any glass to be used by the pool. Broken clear glass will be impossible to see in the pool and could rip the lining or cut someone. If a glass breaks you’ll have to empty the pool and clean it entirely.
Children should never be left to swim unsupervised. Whether you own a kiddie pool or a hot tub, or a full-size Olympic pool, kids must be watched. Gearing them up with safety devices is not enough. There is too much potential for slipping and falling, head injuries, etc. Any child that has not received proper swimming instructions and who is under the age of 12 should be watched while in the water.