4 Ways To Reduce Common Pool Dangers

Posted on: 28 October 2014

Enjoying your pool on a hot day should be an opportunity for fun and relaxation, not a serious risk for accidents. There are several ways that you can minimize some common pool-related injuries by knowing the riskiest areas of your pool.

Cover Pool Suction

The suction in your pool is used to help keep your pool water filtered and free of larger debris particles. Since many filtration systems require some suction to keep the water moving, you need to ensure that the suction device is kept covered. Unfortunately, children who are swimming near the suction device can easily become trapped by the suction, and it can be difficult for them to pull themselves free.

Along with covering the suction device in your pool, anyone who uses the pool should be made aware of the main shut-off system. In the event of an emergency, shutting off the suction system should be done promptly, since the suction device may be difficult to overcome and pull someone away.

Ground Underwater Lighting

If your pool has any underwater lighting, it can be easy to overlook subtle changes that can signal danger when the lighting is completely submerged. Lighting systems that are not properly grounded can pose an electrocution hazard. A major sign that your underwater lighting is not properly grounded is the development of corrosion over the light fixture.

Each week, check any underwater lighting for changes in the way the lighting fixtures look or behave. Changes other than corrosion, such as flickering lights or lights that no longer work, should be promptly evaluated by your pool contractor. It is never safe to assume there is a problem with a broken bulb that can be repaired yourself. If you cannot observe the lights without being inside the pool, drain enough water from your pool to lower the water surface, so you can do inspections without coming into contact with the water.

Replace Metal Stairs

Metal is a major conductor of electricity and if any electrical problems occur, people inside the pool may not have a safe route to escape. The steps for your pool should be made from material that is sturdy and can hold the weight of people entering and exiting the pool, without risk of falling, but does not conduct electricity.

In addition to replacing your stairs, each tread should be covered with rubber to reduce the risk of slipping on wet stairs. You can easily add rubber to the stairs yourself by looking for rubber petals or mats that are used for bathtubs. Use rubber that has a sticky side, which will attach to the treads of your steps. The extra friction will improve traction for people using the stairs, while the sticky side will prevent the corners of the rubber from peeling away and increasing the chances that someone will trip and fall.

Use Underwater Surveillance Systems

The ability for you to see the bottom of your pool clearly can become obstructed based on the amount and quality of outside lighting, and whether or not your pool water is calm. Having an extra set of eyes with an underwater surveillance system can allow you to see if there are any objects or people at the bottom of your pool.

Surveillance systems can serve two functions. The ability to see under the water can help you keep a watchful eye over occupants who are swimming, and you will be able to see if someone unknowingly goes underwater and does not resurface. Furthermore, if your pool is rarely used, you can easily scan below the surface of the water to see if any animals have taken residence inside your pool or if there is debris that needs to be removed.

Many pool accidents are easily preventable by taking a proactive approach to pool safety, and conducting routine maintenance and repairs. In addition to repairs, you can make several additions to your pool that can reduce the risk of common pool dangers. Contact professionals like Pool Service Co. for assistance and tips.