Last month we talked about water safety, including some events to promote pool safety and some tips for keeping the kids safe with locks, barriers, and supervision. These are all important, but there are other safety concerns which we can help you address. Proper pool maintenance can help keep you, your family, and your pool safe.
The heat is beating us up here in the Phoenix area. Because of the soaring temperatures, the longer daylight hours, and the additional debris from monsoon storms, this is the busiest time of year for pool maintenance. Pool and spa owners have to be ever-diligent to keep their pool clean.
Maintenance of a swimming pool requires the use of chemicals, some of them extremely hazardous. Improper exposure to these chemicals can result in long term health injuries to a child or an adult.
Your pool uses a veritable arsenal of chemicals, many of which can produce toxic gas or even fire with improper mixing or usage. Never mix chemicals, and always read the instructions on how to safely use these if you are adding chemicals yourself. Keep them in tightly closed containers, and out of the reach of children and pets.
Since a pool’s filtration and pump system are electrical, it’s important for all of the components to be wired correctly and adequately insulated to prevent an accident. Outlets should always be GFCI type. Also, no one should ever be allowed to use an electrical device in the pool, most especially a cell phone charger.
Main drain suction and vacuum ports
It is essential that the drain cover is Pool Safety Act compliant. Also, vacuum ports in your skimmer or the wall of your pool should also have a safety latch cover. These are incredibly easy to install.
Our monsoon weather often leaves some surprises in our pool. Wow! Often, we will find branches, furniture, or even building materials in the bottom of the pool following a monsoon storm.
Also, small animals such as rabbits can sometimes find their way into the pool or skimmer basket. If this happens, don't allow anyone to go swimming. Safe removal includes the use of disposable gloves. According to the CDC, the animal should be completely wrapped, double-bagged in a trash bag and disposed of in the dumpster immediately. After the removal, the pool should be back washed and chemically treated, and the net or other tools used in the removal should be thoroughly disinfected.
Keeping your pool clean will promote the safety of you and your family’s health.
If you need pool maintenance for your Phoenix, Arizona pool or spa following a monsoon, an electrical mishap, pump problem or dead animal event, or, call us here at Serenity Pools. Our services include new installation set-up, professional maintenance of pools and spas, water features, and fountains. Call today! 480-370-0579