Swimming pools can be the perfect addition to a summer barbeque or a great way to cool off during the hot summer months, but if not maintained properly they can be a big liability for property owners. This summer, keep these tips in mind so that your tenants can safely enjoy the pool!
1. Make sure that there are fences with locked gates around the pool so that only adults can enter the pool area.
Kids getting into the pool area when it’s closed is the number one culprit in child pool drownings. Make sure that you take every precaution possible to assure that they can’t get into the pool during off hours or without a parent.
2. Provide all recommended life-saving devices and have a staff member on duty that knows CPR.
If there is an accident, you don’t want it to be made worse because onlookers were not able to provide the best first aid possible. Take the extra time to make sure that your pool complies with local laws and that you’ve done everything you can to protect your tenants.
3. Post water safety rules in a place where all swimmers can see them.
Though it may not fully protect you in the event of an accident or legal action, it’s always best to make sure that everyone who enters your pool area is aware of the rules and safe swimming practices.
4. If you don’t employ lifeguards, have staff monitor the pool area during high traffic times.
While it is up to tenants to swim at their own risk, it’s always better to have an extra set of eyes on the pool when there are a lot of people in the pool area. This helps to protect you and your tenants.
5. Test chemical levels in the on a regular schedule based on published standards.
High chlorine levels can cause irritated skin and eyes for swimmers, but low levels can cause a build up of algae and other organisms which can make swimmers sick. It’s important to understand pool cleaning protocol and implement a schedule so that the pool chemicals are always kept at desirable levels.