Pool Safety: Proper Care and Maintenance
When many of us think of pool dangers, drowning is often the first thought that comes to mind. Yes, it is important to protect your pool to reduce drowning related accidents and deaths, but there are other steps that you will want to take as well. One of those steps involves practicing proper pool care and maintenance.
For starters, it is important to keep pool water clean, clear, and debris free. Large debris, such as a small tree branch, should be removed immediately. This does pose a risk of drowning, as swimmers may become entangled. Even small debris, such as leaves and insects, should be removed promptly. The good news is that it is very easy to remove debris from a swimming pool.
As for how debris can be removed, a pool skimmer can be used. What you may like is the choices that you have. Did you know that there are automatic pool skimmers available for sale? These are pretty neat, but keep in mind that they only remove debris from the surface of the water. For that reason, even automatic pool skimmers should be accompanied by the traditional skimmers on a pole.
Next, pool filters should be regularly checked and cleaned. Every summer, the filtration system is one of the first things that should be checked. Why? Because it works to keep the pool’s water healthy and clean. Filters work to remove debris, even debris that can’t always be seen by the human eye, such as small dirt particles and tiny skin flakes. Be sure to check all drains to ensure their covers are intact. Damaged or faulty pool drains do pose a significant safety hazard.
All aboveground and inground pools should be treated with chlorine. Chlorine helps to keep a pool clean and germ free. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, otherwise known as the CDC, this isn’t a process that happens right away, which many are surprised to learn. That is why all pool owners are asked to check and monitor their chlorine levels. Levels should be kept at the levels recommended by either the pool manufacturer or the health department.
As previously stated, it is important to make sure that your swimming pool has enough chlorine in it, but you don’t want to have too much. Increased levels of chlorine can have a negative impact on swimmers. Symptoms or signs of too much chlorine include skin and eye irritation. Typically, you can tell right away if your pool has too much chlorine, as it has a strong order. Testing can also be performed. To treat this, dilute the water or give the sun time to do its job.
In addition to aboveground and inground pools, proper care and maintenance is also important for small pools, also commonly known as kiddie pools. In fact, proper care and maintenance may be even more important. This is because these pools are rarely sold with filtration and drainage systems. Whenever the water become cloudy or dirty, change it. Cover the pool with a plastic sheet or a pool cover that is designed specifically for kiddie pools.
As an important reminder, the best way to practice pool safety this summer is to outfit your swimming pool with a safety fence, cover, and pool alarm. Although don’t discount the benefits of having a clean and germ free pool.