Peel back the cover and get ready to jump right in — summer is here! A great way to cool off from the summer sun is to take a dip in your backyard pool. At H. Levenbaum, we want to help you enjoy your poolside time, so we are offering a few tips to keep this summer safe for you, your friends and your family.
Secure your pool.
Whether your pool is above ground or in-ground, make sure the perimeter is secured. The fence around the pool should be high with a self-closing, self-latching gate door.
When not in use, cover your pool and remove any ladders to prevent people from entering the pool without supervision. For added safety and security, you can install an alarm on your pool gate. This would alert you when someone opens and enters the gated area.
This should be a no-brainer — you should never leave children unattended at the pool. For young and inexperienced swimmers, life jackets should be worn at all times.
If there is a large group of adults at your pool, it can sometimes be easy to assume someone has their eyes on the kids. To avoid accidents, you should always designate a ‘swimming supervisor’ to make sure you know an adult is always watching.
Properly care for the pool.
Since your pool has most likely been closed for the off-season, it’s important to clean your pool before jumping in. Check filtration systems and chemical levels. Regularly test and adjust chemical levels to prevent earaches, rashes, and other, more serious illnesses.
Create a list of rules for you and your family to follow. These rules should be enforced at all times. Great examples are ‘no running’, ‘always swim with a buddy’, and ‘no diving’.
Be prepared in case of an emergency.
Make sure to have a first aid kit near by in case of an emergency. Having an easily accessible floatation ring available is also a good idea. And don’t forget, American Red Cross offers water safety, CPR, and first aid training courses for kids and adults.
Consider umbrella insurance.
While your homeowners insurance provides liability protection for incidents that occur on your property, home owners should be aware of the limits of their policy. This is especially true when you have items like pools, trampolines, or swing sets on your property. If an accident were to take place and someone was injured in your pool, medical and legal bills could easily extend beyond the limits of your homeowners insurance, which is why we always recommend adding an umbrella insurance policy to your insurance program — for as little as $25 a month, you can get $1 million dollars worth of liability protection.
The summer is a time for fun and relaxation — we want to keep it that way. These pool safety tips are just a few ways to keep your days worry-free. Have questions about summer safety or your homeowners insurance coverage? An H. Levenbaum agent would be happy to help. Give us a call at 617-825-3900 or visit our website to learn more.
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