Pool Safety - Guide
Pool Safety is my number one concern when designing a swimming pool environment. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, with approximately 3,000 deaths by drowning occurring each year nationwide. The group with the highest drowning rate is young children aged 1 through 4. More than 30% of all drowning deaths occur to children in this age group. Furthermore children aged 1 to 14, drowning is the second highest cause of death.
TEXAS IS NO. 1 IN THE NATION FOR CHILD POOL DROWNINGS AND TARRANT COUNTY IS NO. 2 IN TEXAS FOR DROWNING DEATHS
Texas Regulations on Fencing for Pool Safety
Noteworthy, Cities Governments have their own requirements and restrictions regarding the configuration and height of pool fencing, yet the State of Texas has established guidelines that apply throughout the state. Provisions of Chapter 757 of the Texas State Health and Safety Codes, homeowners are required to maintain fencing and gates around their swimming pools that meet the following criteria:
Pool fences are required to be at least four feet in height. Gaps in or under the fence must be too small to allow a spherical object of four inches to pass beneath or between. New pool enclosure installations may not be constructed of chain link fencing materials.
For proper pool safety gates must be designed to self-close, self-latch automatically to provide added security for the pool area. Latching mechanisms must be installed in the top one-fourth of the pool side of the gate to prevent children from accessing due to opening them easily. In conclusion Texas law requires that pool gates must be lockable by padlock, combination lock or built-in keyed or card-operated lock.
Wood fences constructed of horizontal - vertical pieces must be oriented to place the horizontal cross-pieces on the side nearest the pool to prevent their use in climbing over the fence from the outside.
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22 Pool Safety Rules
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- Teach all children in your home how to swim before your pool is installed. Hence the Main rule for Pool Safety.
- No child should ever be allowed in the pool area or pool without constant adult supervision.
- Use the buddy system and no one should swim alone.
- A person who appears intoxicated or under the influence of a substance of any kind should not be permitted to swim.
- The pool gate should remain locked when the pool is not under adult supervision.
- Make no assumptions. When you have guests over, always ask, "Do you know how to swim?"
- Pool area will be lit when used after dusk.
- Prior to entrance, survey pool and pool area for any potential hazards.
- Keep any pool chemicals safely stored in accordance with manufacturer instructions and where they cannot be accessed by children.
- Any electrical devices in pool area must be protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter).
- If your pool changes depth, the transition or safety rope should remain in place as a warning to swimmers of a change in the slope towards the deeper end.
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- All users should be familiar with the rules for safe use of the pool before they enter the pool area. This includes family and guests!
- If your pool is equipped with a diving board, you - everyone who uses it should be familiar with all instructions for safe use provided by the equipment manufacturer.
- All drains in the pool should be properly covered also no one should play with or near a drain cover or drain. If any drain cover is broken or missing, close the pool, have it serviced.
- Have a First Aid kit on hand in the pool area.
- Enter the pool feet first. A pool that is not equipped with a diving board is designated as a NON-diving pool. Therefore no one should make a head first entry (diving or otherwise) into that type of pool.
- No one should stand or play on a pool cover.
- Always Keep your pool properly maintained to maintain a sanitary area.
- Keep emergency phone numbers posted. Keep a phone available in the pool area.
- No running or horseplay of any kind should be allowed in or near the pool area. As a result injury can occur.
- Always keep a safety equipment near the pool, including a flotation device and something you could reach out to someone with from the pool deck (i.e. a pole).
- No one should climb on or jump off rock boulders, waterfalls or any other structure not intended for entrance into a pool. As a result slipping and injury will occur.