9 Safety Standards Your Pool Should Meet
Swimming is a great way to exercise and relax, but pools also come with safety risks. To ensure that you and your family stay safe while swimming, all swimming pools need to meet certain safety standards.
But, states and the federal government do not have official safety standards for anything outside of pool barriers. Beyond that, safety standards are made wholly by the community and the businesses that provide swimming pools. For that reason, we want to help ensure that all the people we provide swimming pools to know industry safety standards and that their pools – new and old – are meeting them.
For any questions about swimming pool and swim spa safety, contact Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas.
Safety Standards Your Swimming Pool’s Barrier Should Meet
As stated, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does have standards for swimming pool barriers. These standards include:
- Swimming pools should have barriers in the form of walls, fences, and pool covers.
- Barriers should be built away from anything people, particularly children, can use to climb the barriers. This can include structures, equipment, and more. With pool covers, it should not be possible for children to remove them.
- A fence should completely surround the pool. These are considered safer than a barrier that uses a home as one of the four walls.
- Barriers should be a minimum of 4 ft tall, though 5 ft is preferable.
- No indents or protrusions should be present in a solid barrier.
Safety Standards Your Swimming Pool Area Should Meet
These are all the rules offered by industry professionals, such as Aqua Leisure, to make sure your pool is as safe as can possible.
- The pool area should be completely free of debris that can easily fall into the pool, contaminate it, or compromise its surface.
- Pool decks need to be level. If you find that your pool deck is not level anymore, it requires repairs.
- It is recommended that pool decks be slip-resistant and free from cracks or tripping hazards.
- All electrical outlets should be GFCI-protected. As with any body of water, it is incredibly unsafe to forgo electric shock protections.
Safety Standards for Swimming Pool Appliances
There are appliances that every pool needs to function properly. They come installed as per industry safety regulations. These appliances include:
- Filtration systems
- Sanitization treatments
- Water testing protocols
You can and should have a professional inspection every three years at a minimum to make sure everything meets current safety regulations.
Contact Aqua Leisure About Your Pool Needs
Swimming pool safety is just as important as keeping your pool clean. There’s no point in having a pool around if it’s unsafe to swim in, or you and your family don’t practice safe swimming. Whether you need materials, inspections, or repairs to ensure your pool meets all safety standards, contact the experts at Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas.