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Top 10 Swimming Pool Safety Features

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  1. Adult supervision. This is by far the primary form of swimming pool safety, according to all experts. It's also crucial to have a variety of safety backups in place, but a swimming pool should never be used without adult supervision.
  2. CPR training. Local chapters of the Red Cross offer this training during the year and it is absolutely essential that someone at poolside always have the ability to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, if needed.
  3. Pool safety sign. These are more commonly seen at public pools, but it never hurts to have something within easy view of the swimming pool that mentions safety and encourages people not to run, to limit horseplay and to be careful about the deep end and the suction power of a pool drain.
  4. Drain cover. Make sure you have a drain cover that completely protects small swimmers from getting caught by the powerful suction power of larger pools. There are a variety of drain covers available and they come in different designs and colors.
  5. Pool safety rules. Part of the adult supervision, particularly when a group of kids is about to enjoy your pool, is to cover some pool safety basics before the kids get in the water. This can even just repeat the information on your pool safety sign. The bottom line is to get the idea of pool safety out there as people get ready to enjoy your pool.
  6. Pool fence. You should have a fence, at least 4- to 5-feet high, generally surrounding your pool that provides permanent protection. The fence should be locked at all times. When a young child wants to use the pool, they must get the help of an adult to unlock the fence to access the pool.
  7. Second, safety fence. There are a variety of fences that can be erected when the pool is not being used that are portable, but strong, and are attached to strong poles anchored into the pool decking. Strong, safety meshing is available with automatic, locking doors. This fence can be quickly picked up and stored away temporarily when it's time to swim.
  8. Slip-resistant protection. There are a number of products designed to reduce the number of accidents on the unforgiving concrete surrounding your pool. Some products can be sprayed onto the concrete to provide footing even when feet. There also are stickers that can be applied to provide more traction when wet.
  9. Pool alarms. These are important when you aren't in the pool. These range from water sensors to devices on your pool gates to wrist bands that your kids can wear. The alarm bases can be located in several spots near the pool and inside your home.
  10. Pool covers. The best cover when the pool is not used is the type that either manually or automatically rolls out a cover on top of the top. The cover is usually rated to handle as much as 550 pounds, meaning an animal or even several young children can crawl on top of the cover without being in danger.

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