Why You Need a ChecklistAccidents happen. They just do. Sometimes they happen in and around swimming pools. For that reason, pool owners should be prepared to exercise an abundance of caution to prevent accidents. A useful checklist for safe swimming will include steps for accident prevention. The checklist should also include rules that, when strictly enforced, limit accidents from having a field day in your pool. Your checklist will be useful in maximizing the best, memorable times in your pool with friends and family.
What is On Your ChecklistYour checklist does not need to be complicated. Use these ideas to begin your checklist for safe swimming in your pool.
- Does my homeowner’s liability insurance cover pool injuries? (It’s a good idea to review the details annually.)
- Have I posted safety rules? Here’s a sample list.
- No swimming alone or unsupervised
- Drunks or dunks prohibited
- No diving
- Be nice
- Parents pay attention to your children
- Have I secured the gates around the pool?
- Do I have an underwater pool alarm?
- Is it working?
- Are the safety drain anti-entrapment covers secure?
- Do I have an emergency plan in the event of an accident?
- Is my rescue equipment in good condition?
- Is the pool deck in good repair and clear of potential trip obstacles?
- Do I have someone available to be a “watcher” during our pool parties?