Pool Guide

Following Memorial Day weekend, the swimming pool becomes the epicenter of summer activities. Whether soaking up the rays poolside or enjoying the refreshing water, a pool transforms your backyard into your own private oasis. In order to ensure the pool remains a paradise, owners must asses their pool’s safety. Taking a few precautions can drastically reduce the dangers associated with swimming pools as well as the risk of drowning.

  • Install a fence: One of the simplest ways to make a pool less dangerous is by installing a fence. Many residential neighborhoods require pool owners to build a fence by law, which helps keep unwanted guests out of the pool. A proper fence should be at least four feet tall and owners should make sure that it does not have any openings, handholds or footholds than can be used to climb the barrier. Pool owners are liable for the safety of the people in their pool even when they are not home.
  • Invest in a pool cover: Covering the pool at night as well as during the off season will decrease the risk of unwanted swimmers entering your pool. If the pool is not easily accessible, others may be discouraged from removing the cover prior to swimming. In addition to making the backyard a safer environment, a pool cover will also reduce the amount of debris that enters the pool, leaving it cleaner as a result.
  • Install an alarm: Alarms can prevent emergencies before they happen. There are varying types of alarms on the market to keep your pool safe including pool alarms, which alert you when the water is disturbed, and gate alarms, which serve as a barrier around the pool and sound when the gate is opened.
  • Purchase pool aids: Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children 14 and younger. Most swimming accidents occur because children lack the necessary swimming skills. By providing swimming aids like kickboards and noodles, the chance of accidental drowning with younger swimmers is greatly reduced.
  • Provide adequate supervision: There is NO substitution for having proper supervision. The “buddy system” is not a surefire way to prevent accident. Even seasoned swimmers can bump their head, become entrapped, or have a medical emergency. Make sure children are within sight the entire time they are in the pool.
  • Remove obstructions from vision: Make sure that your pool is in clear view of the house. Remove any objects that might deter vision like plants, canopies and fences. By making sure you have a proper view of the pool you will also know your pool is not in use when it is not supposed to be.
  • Learn CPR: Check your local Red Cross for classes. If disaster strikes, you will want to be prepared.
  • Keep rescue equipment on hand: Having ring buoys, reaching poles and life hooks are critical to help prevent drowning. Keep a first aid kit handy as well.

Pools are intended to provide their owners with a taste of luxury and relaxation, don’t let your pool become a danger zone. Protecting yourself and others against harm will make your pool a more rewarding and enjoyable place.

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Children, and even adults, should never swim alone as many things can happen in and around a pool. The “buddy system” should be a rule in and around your backyard swimming pool.

Swimming pool safety awareness has grown exponentially since the early 1990’s. In fact many states have passed legislation requiring swimming pool owners and swimming pool builders to incorporate specific safety measures. These measures range from having gates surrounding the swimming pool, to having drain covers installed to the diligent use of swimming pool covers.

Hawaiian Pool Builders work with Michigan and Ohio swimming pool owners to implement safety measures. To enhance the security of your swimming pool it’s best to have layers of protection. One of the easiest ways to add a layer of protection is through the diligent use of a locking swimming pool safety cover. Safety covers perform double duty acting as a barrier to prevent children and pets from falling in and also to keep debris from falling into the swimming pool when it’s not in use. Many swimming pool owners also install alarms, higher fences and gates with locks.

Some swimming pool owners also take the extra step for security by installing motion-activated camera and a computer monitoring system in the home to monitor the swimming pool area and the exits from the home leading to the pool. While this may seem extreme, in larger homes or more remote swimming pools, this is a smart addition!

Children should know that they are never allowed to be in the swimming pool by themselves, are not allowed to run on the swimming pool deck and should not ride tricycles or bikes in the area. Nevertheless, accidents do happen so it’s a wise choice to equip your pool with a lifesaving ring, a pole to pull someone from the pool if necessary and a phone if case of an emergency.

Common sense and poolside security can lead to a summer of fun for you and your family for years to come. Also, make certain that someone in the family knows CPR and that your children know how to swim as all of these enhance the safety around your swimming pool.

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In many areas of the country, a swimming pool is considered a necessity. Swimming is a great way to get in shape, stay in shape and spend time with friends and family. In some cases, though, without proper precautions a swimming pool can be a dangerous place for children and pets. The alarming statistic is that about 300 children under the age of five drown annually and more than 2,000 children suffer submersion injuries.

There are some specific steps you can take to lower the risk of drowning. Hawaiian Pool Builders offers this advice:

  1. Limit alcohol intake while in the pool. Just as alcohol impairs judgment and slows reflexes when you’re driving, it does the same when you’re swimming. The effects of alcohol are enhanced by exposure to heat and sun which makes it an even more dangerous combination. Avoid alcohol while swimming and also while supervising the children.
  2. Using life jackets should be mandatory for children who can’t swim and even for those who can. Anyone who is not fully comfortable in the water can benefit from the use of a life jacket. Never rely on water wings or other float devices to keep your children safe.
  3. Supervision and locking gates should be in place and used at all times. It’s typically lack of supervision and an unlocked swimming pool deck that leads to accidents. Children should always be closely supervised when in and around the swimming pool. The “no running” rule needs to be enforced. When the swimming pool is not in use, the cover needs to be replaced and the gate needs to be locked.
  4. Learn how to swim and teach everyone else how to swim. Formal swimming lessons are valuable and can reduce the risk of drowning by close to 90%
  5. Regardless of the number of adults around the swimming pool make sure someone is designated to watch the children. Don’t leave supervision to chance and don’t get distracted from this most crucial task.
  6. Never swim alone. Whether you’re an adult or a child, swimming should always be done in pairs.
  7. Someone in the family should learn CPR and there should always be life-saving materials in the swimming pool area.
  8. Make certain that slides or diving boards aren’t used in a pool full of swimmers unless there is a designated area.

Common sense and careful supervision will help to ensure that your summer will be fun filled and safe this year!

     
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Keeping your children safe around the swimming pool is a given for anyone who owns one but have you ever given thought to keeping your pets safe? Swimming pools are great areas for your dog to get some fun and exercise and spend time with the family.

Even though your family dogs might love to be around you in the swimming pool, keep in mind that not all dogs are great swimmers and they can tire easily. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog safe in and around the swimming pool:

  1. Use the same safety precautions you’d use with a small child in, don’t leave the dog in or around the swimming pool unattended.
  2. Keep your swimming pool surrounded by a safety fence. It’s crucial for the safety of both your children and your pets and may even be required by law.
  3. Don’t let your pool deck get cluttered with dog toys. They are temptations. If the toy falls in the pool, the dog might jump in.
  4. Leaving more than one dog in the pool area unsupervised is a risk. Dogs love to play and accidentally bump the other into the pool.
  5. Have a dog first aid book, read it, and become familiar with reviving a dog that has drowned.
  6. Have the vet and emergency vet numbers handy.
  7. Teach the dog to swim, and do it enough until the dog doesn’t panic in water. A dog that flails around in water, and can’t take direction isn’t swimming; it is just beating the water with its paws. Swimming looks different than panic.
  8. Have a visual target for the dog, which is near the steps leading out of the water, and get the dog familiar with it and practice having him swimming toward it.
  9. Keep your dog in shape. A dog that isn’t fit can’t swim any better than a human that isn’t in shape.
  10. Don’t overly exhaust the dog while swimming or they will go under. Know your dog’s capabilities.
  11. Preplan your pool construction with the idea that the dog needs sufficient footing to climb out of the pool. Small dogs, especially, can’t make it up and out using the big steps of most pools.

It’s always nice to be able to have your pet around the swimming pool when you’re enjoying time with your family, just make certain you do it responsibly!

 

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You’ve worked with your Ohio swimming pool builders to have your swimming pool installed and now comes the fun part – the installation of a diving board and slide. They certainly can be fun, but you have to practice caution and follow some safety rules.

A lot of people view a diving board as simply an add-on to the pool fun, but diving boards are the cause of many a backyard mishap. It should be routine for your swimming pool builder or service professional to check that your diving board is secure and in safe operating order. He or she will ensure that none of the hardware has become loose and that there are no cracks in the foundation securing the diving board.

As with all swimming pool safety, make certain children who use the diving board and the swimming pool are supervised at all times. Use extreme caution – or avoid the swimming pool altogether — if you’re drinking alcohol.

Here are diving board safety tips from the Hawaiian Pool Builders:

  1. Use diving boards the way they are intended – one person at a time, making certain the water is deep enough for diving.
  2. Never dive – or swim – alone.
  3. Stay out from under the board when someone is on it.
  4. Know the weight limits of the diving board.
  5. Make sure when you jump away from the board that you jump far enough away so you don’t hit your head.
  6. Don’t run on the board – it can be slippery and you could slip and fall.
  7. Don’t dive from the board if the pool is crowded with swimmers.

Pool slides are also a fun way to accessorize your pool. They do require specific height and space requirements to be used safely. Here are our slide safety tips:

  1. As with diving – never use the slide alone. Make certain the slide has been installed to manufacturer specs.
  2. Have a routine maintenance schedule to make certain pool is secure.
  3. Know the weight limits of the pool slide.
  4. Only one person at a time should be going down the slide.
  5. To avoid head and neck injury, always go down the slide feet first.
  6. Keep the slide wet, especially on hot days to prevent burns.

Having a swimming pool in your backyard in Ohio is a great, fun addition to your backyard and as with anything your family undertakes, do it safely and use common sense!

 

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Keeping children safe around water is very important especially around backyard swimming pools. Taking the proper precautions will help you too keep kids safe around your pool. Here are some tips to ensure your pool is safe for children.

  • Install safety equipment that would keep out unsupervised children. Fences should be tall enough that children cannot climb over them. Fence doors should be self closing and self latching and should also include childproof locks.
  • Put alarms on pools or gates.
  • Adults watching children in the pool should have a close eye on them at ALL times. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted, not even for a moment.
  • Don’t be lulled by a false sense of security if a child has had swimming lessons. They are still susceptible to drowning no matter how well they seem to swim.
  • Rescue equipment should be kept near the pool such as life preservers, a pole, and life vests.
  • A phone should also be near the pool in case of emergencies.
  • Adults should learn CPR. This can be a deciding factor if a real emergency happens.

Your child’s safety is no doubt the most important thing to you. Make sure you take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of your children and children in your neighborhood.

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Now that the colder temperatures have arrived many people forget about pool and spa safety. Before the snow hits, it’s important to check several items to prepare for the cold winter months ahead. Hawaiian Pool Builders offers these swimming pool and spa safety tips:

  1. Check all the straps around the perimeter of the pool. Straps should be tight and not tangled. If any straps are loose, tighten them up to insure even tension. If these are not tightened, small children might be able to crawl under the cover. It would be next to impossible to see someone that was physically under the cover.
  2. A pool or spa cover is an essential piece of safety equipment. Inspect the cover for rips or tears. With a few inches of snow on the cover a child OR adult could unexpectedly walk on the cover and exaggerate the tear, subsequently falling though.
  3. Make sure all the breakers to your pool equipment are turned off from the main breaker panel. No need to worry about a child accidently turning on your pump with no water circulation.
  4. Inspect fences surrounding the pool to ensure locks and latches are working properly. Though it’s winter, it’s important to be sure unsupervised children are not able to access the pool while playing in the back yard.

These common sense steps take only a few minutes to complete. The time spent inspecting your swimming pool to ensure winter safety can provide great peace of mind.

Hawaiian Pool Builders designs, installs and services swimming pools from its headquarters in Maumee, Ohio.
Winter is a great time to start pool research and meet with a team of professionals to guarantee a spot on the spring construction schedule.

     
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