- Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
- Electrical equipment should be installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local safety codes.
- Check with a professional pool contractor to be sure the depth is sufficient for a diving board or slide. Always put a slide in a deep area of the pool– never in shallow water.
- There should be a fence at least six feet high around all sides of the pool with a locked gate to keep children out when there is no supervision and the fence should be constructed so it is difficult to climb.
- Check the pool and equipment periodically for cleanliness and good maintenance.
- Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
- Always provide competent adult supervision when the pool is in use.
- No one should ever swim alone.
- Caution children against showing off and playing rough and explain the dangers of running and diving recklessly.
- Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
- Teach children what to do in case of emergency. An alarm bell that could summon help would be a good idea.
- A fence should be installed around the pool.
- Install a pet-safe ladder in the pool so your pet has easy exit access.
- Pets should not be allowed around the pool without supervision.
- Pool covers are NOT a form of protection. Covers can be deceptive to pets, as they look like a solid surface but can give out and lead to a tragedy.
- Familiarize your pet with water at a young age; don’t assume he can swim.
- Consider purchasing a pool alarm system. These float in the pool and go off when there is a disturbance in the water.
- Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if a near-drowning or water injury occurs.