Norwich Homeowners Insurance: Pool Safety Tips

Norwich Homeowners Insurance: Pool Safety TipsNorwich Homeowners Insurance: Pool Safety Tips

Summer is almost here, and that means warmer weather, longer days, and relaxing by the pool. We all love taking a dip during those hot days, but with safety in mind. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission every year, pool-related injuries send nearly 50,000 people to the emergency room, so we’ve decided to provide some pool safety tips.

  • Never swim alone.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area.
  • Make sure there is adequate lifesaving equipment in the pool area, including life preservers and a rescue hook.
  • Consider installing an audible pool alarm to alert you if someone falls into the pool while it is unattended.
  • Check local ordinances and codes for safety requirements, including specifications for ladder and hand rail placement and minimum depths for diving boards.
  • Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
  • Mark water depths conspicuously. Use a safety float line where the bottom slope deepens.
  • Maintain secure fencing and a locked entrance around the pool and deck area to prevent access when adequate supervision is not available.
  • For above-ground pools, check metal supports for rust or deterioration. These may indicate areas where the pool could rupture or a person could be injured.

If you are a pool owner, this may also be the perfect time to schedule a comprehensive review of your Norwich homeowners insurance coverage. Each year, 330 children and adults drown in residential pools, many of which result from swimming alone or without adult supervision. Check with your local Norwich insurance agent to ensure your current liability protection is adequate to protect you from allegations of negligence from anyone claiming injury from being in or around your pool and pool-related activities.

Sources:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/1974/CPSC-Issues-Swimming-Pool-Safety-Tips/

http://www.emcins.com/LossControl/insights/insights2008v41/poolsafety.asp

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