There are fewer pool accidents during the winter than the summer, but pool safety is still important during the wintertime. Use the following tips to make your pool safer during the off-season.
If you have a portable pool, take it down during the wintertime. They need to be drained of water, then dried and stored away until you use them again. This will keep kids and pets from climbing into the pool without supervision.
For above-ground pools, get rid of any backyard items that could be used to climb into the pool. Get rid of (or lock down) any ladders attached to a pool deck. Also consider installing another safety fence if your pool deck is connected to your home, and install a pool safety cover if you have a full surround deck.
For in-ground pools, closely examine your fence for any necessary winter repairs. If you have gates that aren’t used very often, lock them. If using a solid cover, keep it pumped off, clean and overloaded with weight. You can also get an alarm for your pool if you use water bags with that solid cover.
The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to keep kids, elderly and pets from falling into the pool, even with a pool cover on. Pool covers that aren’t solid can’t be walked across, and anyone who tries will fall in and be weighed down and unable to move or swim to the surface.
If your pool cover needs repairs, Arrow Pool can help you. Just visit our repairs page for more information.