Make your pool a safe place to play
Pool Safety (Monkey Business Images / / March 14, 2013)
•New pools are required to have an approved automatic cover or a barrier and door/window alarms in accordance with Florida law. Pool covers are more costly, but they eliminate access to the pool by unsupervised children.
•Have drain covers regularly checked to make sure they are not broken or loose. The FSPA recommends replacing all drain covers with anti-entrapment covers that are certified to the 2007 ASME A112.19.8 standard.
•Do not leave toys near a pool — they could attract children.
•Do not leave objects near the fence that a child could use to climb over.
•Keep doors and windows that lead to the pool area locked.
•Always designate a pool watcher. This responsible adult must keep both eyes on the pool and swimmers at all times.
•Make a list of pool rules, post it near the pool and show it to anyone using the pool.
•Keep emergency phone numbers posted in the pool area.
•No diving in shallow water.
•No running or rough play around the pool.
•Go inside at the first sign of thunderstorms.
•No glass/ breakable containers by the pool.
•Never swim alone; this means adults too.
•Don't use the pool while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
•Keep up your safety barriers, keep all doors and windows locked and watch all children, even when the pool is not in use.
•Read and follow all labels and instructions when using or storing pool chemicals.
•Make sure the pool area is lit after dusk.
•Never stand or play on a pool cover.
SOURCE: Florida Swimming Pool Association