While maintaining optimal water chemistry and clarity is a priority of pool ownership, the #1 priority for all pool owners is to ensure safety in and around the pool.
Safety equipment is as important as any of the other pool equipment, supplies, and chemicals that you use...and it will be of the utmost importance if it is ever needed.
As a pool owner, you should definitely own a life hook as your primary piece of pool safety equipment, which is a sturdy one-piece telepole with a safety hook on the end of the telepole that is securely attached with stainless steel hardware; when the safety hook is securely attached to the one-piece telepole with the hardware, the entire unit is know as a life hook...the safety hook must be permanently adhered to the one-piece telepole with stainless steel hardware. The safety hook will allow you to secure a trouble swimmer and pull that troubled swimmer to safety with the one-piece telepole. We sell and deliver life hooks:
The life hook should be kept in the same place in the pool area so that everybody in the family - as well as all guests and swimmers - know the exact location of all safety equipment. Always make sure that your life hook is always located where it is supposed to be located.
The life hook should also be inspected often. It is recommended to check the hardware on the life hook at least twice each month (so every other week) during the pool season to make sure it is tightly secured if needed. If there are any issues during the inspection, then replace what is compromised, perhaps even the complete life hook. The purpose of the inspection is to make sure the life hook is in working condition if needed.
The life hook should also be tested often. It is recommended to perform a safety drill at least once a month during the pool season to make sure the life hook is in good working condition if needed. With the telepole in hand, wrap the curved safety hook around the chest of someone who will mimic a troubled swimmer, and pull them to safety with the telepole. If there are any issues during the test, then replace what is compromised, perhaps even the complete life hook. The purpose of the test is to make sure the life hook is in working condition if needed.
Hopefully, this life hook is just backyard decor and it is never needed. But, it does offer peace of mind knowing it is there - and it is in good working condition - if it is ever needed.
Additionally, a poolside first-aid kit should also be one of your pool supplies. It does not have to be an officially licensed first-aid kit; just keep first-aid supplies in any type of tool box or tote...and make sure that everybody in the family - as well as all guests and swimmers - know the exact location of the first-aid kit. Always make sure that your first-aid kit is always located where it is supposed to be located. About once a month, take an inventory of the first-aid kit and re-stock it if needed. If items have been used, replace them. If items have expired, replace them. If you see something at the store that you do not have and you think would be a welcome addition to your poolside first aid kit, then get the item(s).
If you have a baby, infant, or toddler, there are poolside safety fences that can be installed. We do install these fences. Once installed - with all holes properly drilled, all posts properly inserted, and the lineal run of fence put up around the pool - the homeowner can quite quickly and easily temporarily remove the fence to make room for guests at a supervised pool party or gathering and then put the fence back up once the party or gathering has ended and all of the guest have left. While the fencing was created for - and is marketed as - protective fencing to keep babies/infants/toddlers out of the pool area, the fence also works well to keep pets and stray animals out of the pool. The manufacturers do offer an optional lockable gate, which is a highly-recommended and very affordable option. NOTE: this fencing does not replace the traditional fence that most cities, towns, and counties require in a backyard to enclose the pool. We do provide free onsite consultation if you would like to discuss options and prices for this type of poolside fencing.
If its in the budget, an automatic pool cover (often referred to as an auto cover) is highly recommended. Yes, an auto cover can be somewhat expensive as compared to other pool equipment (safety or otherwise), but you cannot put a price on safety and peace of mind. And, auto covers provide so many additional benefits other than a safer pool. As an ancillary benefit of an auto cover, you can save money by using less water (due to minimal, if any, evaporation), less chemicals, and less electricity due to shorter pump run-time requirements. If you have a heater, you will also save on heat. An auto cover will also save you time, as covered pool require less maintenance, netting, and vacuum sessions. Saving time and money is great, but potentially saving lives is the real benefit of an automatic pool cover. We do provide free onsite consultation if you would like to discuss options and prices for automatic pool covers.
The most valuable safety consideration is supervision. As a pool owner, it is imperative that you supervise the pool area to ensure a safe swimming environment for all swimmers and guests. It is likewise imperative that all “pool rules” are clearly communicated, understood, and acknowledged by all swimmers; of course, it is just as imperative to enforce these pool rules as it is to communicate them.
The two most important words to a pool owner are...safety first.
You can contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss ways to make your pool a safer pool.