There are several ways to make sure that your pool is not a danger zone during the cold months when it isn’t being used. Here are several tips to keep your pool and your guests and family members (including pets of course) safe in winter time.
First of all, you need to make sure that you keep constant supervision on your pool so that you aren’t surprised by a nasty fall or accident that has happened around your pool. It is important to make sure that people are aware that even though your pool is covered, it can still be a very dangerous thing to be around. Any person or pet that is outside should be informed that you have a full pool, even if you have a secure cover over it.
Another great way to make sure that your pool is protected and safe during the winter months is to put a fence around the edge of the pool that is at least four feet tall. You can also get a hard plastic cover rather than a flimsy plastic tarp to cover the hundreds of gallons of standing water that could become a hazard if not seen or if fallen into.
Warn guests about the chemicals that are used to winterize your pool and make sure that they keep an eye on their children as well. Falling onto a plastic tarp that covers water can be a very dangerous mistake, as it can be difficult to get out of the tarp once submerged.
Having a self locking gate on your pool fence or ladder (if you have one) can prevent nasty accidents as well. These locks can close and secure themselves when properly maintained and can prevent unwanted guests from sneaking in. Locked gates can keep people and pets out of the pool area entirely and can also help to make sure that no legal issues will arise in the event that someone climbs the fence or enters without permission. There are quite a few websites online where you can find pool fences and other pool safety equipment such as allsafepool.com.
It is a good idea to keep your pool clean during the winter just as much as the summer time, as it will help a rescuer to find a person or furry friend if they happen to fall in when the water is too cold to swim. Rescuing a person quickly and effectively is extremely important any time, but especially during the winter when hypothermia can set in very quickly if the water is too cold.
All electrical devices and breakers should be disabled and taken away from the pool if possible during the seasons of non-use. This can prevent a horrible shock from electrical equipment being exposed to the elements all winter or from something falling into the pool. Even snow can cause a bad short in breakers and sockets, so they should be covered at all times when the pool area is not in use. Believe it or not, fires can occur during the winter just as easily during the winter time as they can during the hotter months of summer.
Pool safety is very important, whether it is hot or cold outside. It is a necessary thing to do all that you can to prevent accidents and electrical issues. Not only will your neighbors love you for being safe, but your pool will remain usable during the next warm season and will be even more appealing if properly equipped with safety equipment. Follow these tips and you can be a very successful pool owner even when it isn’t in use for the season.