If you have a pool and aren’t planning on using it during the winter months, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of injury in and around your unused pool. This is especially important if you have children. In fact, most children who drown between the ages of 1-4, drown in home swimming pools.
Here are some steps to follow to reduce the chance of injury in and around your pool in the winter.
Cover Your Pool
One of the best ways to help reduce the chance of injury from your pool is to cover it with a winter cover. Most quality winter pool covers are sturdy enough to keep a person out of the water should they fall on top of it. However, it’s important that children understand they should never try walking on a pool cover.
Test Your Pool Cover
If you already have a winter pool cover, be sure to test that it still works properly and covers the entire pool. Doing a visual inspection as well as testing it per the manufacturer’s guidelines is a critical step when putting a cover on your pool. Be sure to fix anything that is wrong right away. If there is a tear or opening where someone can fall in, it can create a situation where someone might be trapped under the cover. This could be more dangerous than having no cover at all.
Put Away Pool Toys
If you aren’t going to be using your pool, it is best to store pool toys out of sight. Not only will this keep your yard and pool area cleaner, it will reduce the chance of someone tripping on a toy, and reduce the attraction of young children to the pool area. If they aren’t being stepped on or weathered, they will also be more likely to withstand another season.
Put up Pool Fencing
One of the best year-round solutions for pool safety is installing a fence around your pool. This is especially true if you have small children or animals. Preventing people from even being near the pool is the best way to reduce the chance of injury. Although installing a fence can be expensive, the safety and peace of mind it provides is very valuable.
As with most things, the best way to reduce the chance of serious injury is to monitor anyone who is playing around your pool. If a child’s ball rolls onto the pool cover and that child is being supervised, the adult can quickly retrieve it rather than the child attempting to get it on their own.
Pools can be a lot of fun and almost a necessity in some areas of California during the summer months. However, they also impose a serious risk if not closed off properly. If you or your child has been injured in or around a pool, we can help. We have over 30 years of experience representing victims of pool and backyard recreational equipment accidents. Feel free to contact us or call us at 800-676-5295 for a free consultation.