Summer is almost here — All signs point towards brighter days and warmer nights! Before you know it, your backyard pool will become something of your own personal oasis for the whole family on those hot days.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when making sure that your loved ones are kept safe while having summer fun in the pool:

Install A Fence/Gate

Establishing a boundary around the perimeter of your pool area and putting up sturdy fencing can be an incredibly effective means to not only protect your pool but also supervise it as well. If you have small children, you may want to install a fence around 3-5 feet high. If you are concerned about your pet’s safety, you may want to consider their size too… for example, a Chihuahua will be much less likely to jump a fence with proper height restrictions than a Great Dane. Further still, your fence will also serve to keep other four-legged critters from taking a dip

Keep Gate Closed

While it may seem like a no-brainer, your brand-new fence doesn’t serve much purpose if the gate isn’t properly secured after every time you dip your toes. Too many accidents have been caused by forgetting to close the gate. So before you call it a day… Check the gate, check the gate, check the gate.

Life Preservers On Stand-by

Regardless of pool depth, it is essential to have floatation and rescue devices (preservers, jackets, shepherd’s hook, etc) nearby whenever around the pool. Having these safety devices can save a life! Store them close by so that they are always easily accessible and readily on hand.

Maintain Your Pool

Following the maintenance guidelines that come with your pool are crucial to ensuring your family’s health isn’t put at risk. Regardless of the size, all pools need a little tender loving care. If you find that you can’t keep up with it on your own, consider hiring a pool guy. These professionals are equipped with the right tools, chemicals, and know-how to keep your pool fresh.

Make Pool Rules

Keeping your loved ones safe doesn’t have to be restricting, but setting some simple rules for how to act around the pool can go a long way. Every pool area is a little different, and ultimately you will know what needs to be addressed. Adjust to these factors and leave a safe space for visitors and family alike.

For more tips and info on safety, contact an Allegheny Insurance Agent today!