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5 Important Must-Dos For A Safe Pool Area

Avoid unforeseen accidents with the help of these reminders

Photography: Rene Mejia

Swimming pools are made to be a fun space for kids and the young-at-heart. However, water elements at home can also be a magnet for accidents. No need to worry, you don't have to ditch your pool entirely—you can still enjoy your mini-paradise with the help of a few safety tips. Make sure to practice these not just for the summer but all-year round:

1. Install safety covers or pool nets.

Keeping your pool covered when it is not in use is vital—this doesn't only keep the water free of leaves and twigs, it also helps prevent slipping accidents. If your budget can allow it, it's best to invest in an easy-to-use, retractable pool cover to keep kids from getting through it.

2. Set up an alarm system. 

If your kids like to play outdoors, you can set up an alarm system that immediately notifies you if someone falls into the pool. There are several types you can choose from, too—there are pool gates that set a wider perimeter for warnings or water alarms that you can work with.

3. Make sure the pool drains are visible and intact. 

Drains are a crucial part of the pool and it is important to keep them visible to avoid entrapment. If you can't see your drains from above, it might be a good time for a deep cleaning session. 

4. Invest in safety equipment. 

Although we hope that you never have to use it, it can't hurt to prepare precautionary measures in case anything happens. Always keep lifebuoys, safety hooks and a phone on-hand for emergencies. 

5. Check the pool and repair damages immediately. 

Inspect the pool ladders and railings every now and then to make sure they are secure. If you find broken tiles or loose screws, get it fixed as soon as you can. 

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