Homeowners who have a swimming pool on their premises must assume that they have a considerable amount of risk compared to those without pools. Rates for homeowners insurance in Los Angeles may be slightly higher, but more importantly the exposures involved in having friends, children, neighbors and others using, or given access to, the pool contributes to the possibility of perils associated with residents having a pool.
The need for safety measures and awareness of the potential hazards is vital in the prevention of accidents and mishaps occurring. Consider a few important safety warnings in order to aid you in the proper use and care of your swimming pool.
Always follow pool safety tips and procedures
Supervision is the key word when it comes to pool safety, but supervision combined with a variety of safety devices such as fences, latched gates, locked doors, pool safety covers and alarms goes even further toward the prevention of drowning and other less serious injuries. Remember to encourage neighbors, family, friends, and baby-sitters to always follow pool safety guidelines.
Pool safety procedures can include having locks on the access doors to the pool area that are out of the reach of children. Door alarms on all doors reachable by small children will alert you if they enter the pool area alone or unsupervised. A locked fence separating the pool from the house and other yards is essential.
Allow only adult-supervised swimming at all times and do not place anything near the edges that can be used to climb up and over the fence. Ensure house doors do not open directly into the pool area (there should be a second self-locking gate installed prior to entering the direct pool area).
For added protection you can add security cameras when not directly in the pool area to maintain contact with those using the pool. Purchase pool safety covers that do not retain water on the topside and store rescue equipment in the pool house. Be sure to secure all drain covers and automatic drain suction shut-off devices. Having non-skid surfaces on diving boards and the immediate area surrounding the pool will reduce slip and fall injuries.
These measures should prevent the possibility of many routine accidents or injuries due to insufficient equipment or devices. This however does not replace teaching safety when in a pool environment, such as no running allowed, or any type of horseplay that could result in someone drowning or being seriously injured. Always carry homeowners insurance in Los Angeles that addresses these concerns.