Swimming Pool Safety

It is necessary for pool users to exercise appropriate personal judgment and responsibility and it is necessary for pool owners to create and enforce rules of behavior and post warnings appropriate for safe pool use. A swimming pool can provide safe and healthy recreation when swimmers are educated, and all precautions have been taken to ensure the swimming pool is safe. Click here to find pool alarms and pool safety equipment with free shipping.

Children drown in swimming pools because no one is watching. Make sure you or a responsible person is the designated kid-watcher so that no child ever drowns in your pool. Talk with baby-sitters about pool safety, supervision and drowning prevention. Most accidents involving drowning or severe injury occur to children under the age of 5 who are unsupervised, and fall into a pool. Make sure you close and lock the pool gate when the pool is not in use. There is NO substitute for constant supervision!

Don't allow people who are under the influence of alcohol to use the pool. People take risks and do unpredictable things when under the influence of alcohol. Avoid tragic accidents and designate your swimming pool an Alcohol-Free Zone. The most common factors connected with drowning or diving accidents are drug and alcohol consumption, and diving from the shallow end of the pool.

Diving SafetyDiving is not allowed into any aboveground or on-ground swimming pool. A "jump board" or diving board will encourage diving, and should never be installed on an above-ground or on-ground pool. It is important that you apply warning decals to the vinyl liner in your above-ground or on-ground pool to warm swimmers of the danger. "DANGER NO DIVING" decals are packaged inside the carton with any new swimming pool or swimming pool liner.

Never allow headfirst diving into the shallow end of any swimming pool. All commercial swimming pools are required to clearly mark the depth of a swimming pool at several points on the deck directly next to the pool. It is strongly suggested that a homeowner also very clearly mark the depth or at least mark the shallow end of the pool to warn swimmers entering the pool.

Do not allow diving from the sides of a pool. A diver requires a set amount of unobstructed water directly in front of his/her dive path. The minimum amount of unobstructed water in the dive path cannot be achieved diving from the sides of a residential swimming pool. Consult local codes or codes established by the NSPI before installing a diving board.

Make sure all pool users know which is the shallow end and which is the deep end. National standards for residential in-ground swimming pools require that there be a rope and float line installed to separate the deep end and shallow end. The float line should be installed across the width of the pool parallel to the change in floor slope. The float line should be a minimum of 1 foot and a maximum of 2 feet on the shallow side.

If the interior dimensions of your pool comply with the state code regarding diving into the deep end, an approved diving board or jump board should be installed. Make sure you inform pool users that they may only dive into the pool from the end of the dive or jump board. Also inform pool users that when they dive headfirst off of a dive or jump board they must only dive straight ahead towards the shallow end of the pool.

Entrapment by the suction of main drains and other suction fixtures may be another potential drowning hazard. The advances in main drain cover design in recent years and the ability to install more than one main drain should completely eliminate this hazard, however swimmers are still being killed and injured every year as a result of entrapment accidents. Pool owners should be quick to retrofit their pool and adapt this new technology if at all possible. A cheap and simple to install replacement main drain cover may save the life of a swimmer in your pool.

The following key points of swimming pool safety should be explained to anyone swimming in your pool, and followed every time the pool is used.

  • Never swim alone, or allow others to swim alone, and very closely supervise any children in your pool.
  • If you are uncomfortable with a swimmer's abilities, be sure they stay in the shallow end of the pool and watch them closely.
  • Do not swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Practice proper diving safety.
  • Never allow anyone to swim if a main drain cover is missing or broken.