Pool Safety Equipment Checklist

When summer finally arrives, you can’t wait to jump in the pool.  But wait!  If you want to have the best summer pool season possible, there are a few safety considerations you need to address first.  While going over safety checklists is a bit of a bummer, so is losing your pool mid-season due to inadequate maintenance or having an accident and not having equipment available.  So before you take the plunge, let’s go over a few things you need to do first with our pool safety equipment checklist.

Pool Safety Equipment Checklist

Pool Safety Equipment Checklist

Before we get to the equipment checklist, make sure you check your pool over thoroughly and make sure it is in proper working order.  Ensure drain covers are in place, pumps and circulation systems are working, and that your pool structure hasn’t sustained any damage over the winter.  This will help make sure that you, your family, and your guests can safely enjoy your backyard pool.

Water Rescue Equipment

Shepherd’s Crook

This is a pole with a rounded hook on the end used to reach and pull out swimmers in distress.

Rescue Tubes

These are the orange and white tubes you see at lifeguard stations.  They can be used as a buoy or floatation device.

Life Jackets

Make sure to use life jackets that are coast guard approved.

First Aid Kit

The most likely injury to occur around your pool is a scraped knee or stubbed toe.  A first aid kit nearby with gauze, a band-aid, and antiseptic can efficiently help you deal with these minor injuries.

Pool Alarms

Pool alarms can be installed in and around your pool to increase safety.  Which one you choose will depend on your family and your needs.  Some options are:

Pool Gate Alarms

Gate alarms will go off anytime the gate to your pool area is opened or unlatched.

Water Alarms

These are the most useful for parents and pet owners who want to keep their pool from being accessed when children are unsupervised.  They go off anytime there is a disturbance in the surface of the water. 

Sensors installed in your pool detect waves and level changes that occur when swimmers enter the pool or when splashes happen at the surface.

As with any safety device, make sure it is working properly.

Gates and Fences

Pool fencing is required in most places as a minimum safety measure.  Besides installing a pool cover, a fence is the safest way to keep children out of the pool area. 

There are options for both removable fencing and permanent fencing.  The most critical safety aspect in pool fencing is to make sure you have self-closing gates and latches.

If you have a safety fence installed, do a regular walk around the perimeter and shake your posts to make sure no parts of the fence have come loose. Also, test your gate latches and hinges regularly to make sure they are closing completely.

Pool Furniture

Inspect your patio furniture on your pool deck regularly.  Check for:

  • Loose screws or bolts
  • Rust
  • Sharp edges
  • Worn out or ripped material
  • Bees nests or other insect infestations

Replace or repair any worn-out parts and replace your pool furniture if necessary. In addition, there are a few safety measures you can take with your pool furniture:

  • Keep furniture and chairs away from the pool edge
  • Bolt down furniture when possible
  • Store furniture in an outside storage area when not in use to protect it from weather damage

Rails and Ladders

  • Check for rusty bolts and screws
  • Inspect for any cracks or damage
  • Test that ladders are fastened securely to pool walls
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when installing new pool equipment

Drains and Grates

It’s essential to ensure that your pool drains and grates are compliant with current pool safety regulations, especially if you have an older pool. In addition, drain covers are legally required to be secured in most states, as there have been incidents of swimmers being trapped underwater by faulty or missing drain covers.

In addition, anti-entrapment drain covers are now available to improve the circulation of your pool water and eliminate the possibility of becoming trapped in the drain. 

  • Make sure all drain and grate covers are fastened securely
  • Replace any covers that are cracked or damaged
  • Replace all older style drain covers with anti-entrapment models

Pool Deck

A simple rule for keeping your pool deck safe is to remove anything that doesn’t belong there.  If it’s not necessary to enjoy your pool, clean it up.  Extra clutter around your pool deck creates distractions and clutter that attract children to the side of the pool.  It also increases the risk of tripping and falling on the pool deck.  If you’ve removed all clutter, also double-check for:

  • Loose skimmer lids
  • Cracked decking
  • Unscrewed or loose pool cover anchors

Filters, Pumps, and Pool Heaters

Your pool can’t function properly without the pump, so it must be in proper working order at all times.

Pump Safety

  • Loose seals and worn-out O-rings
  • Cracks in the pump housing
  • Adequate power supplies

Pool Filters

  • Cracks in the filter housing
  • Leaks
  • Loose seals

Pool Heaters

  • Loose PVC fittings or connections
  • Leaks
  • Worn or damaged power connections

Adequate Power Supply

Power on your pump and make sure that you heat your pool for a few days before using it to make sure everything is working properly.

Pool Chemicals

Pool chemical safety could warrant an entire article in itself, but we’ll give you a quick list of the essentials for now.

Tips for proper chemical storage:

  • Store chemicals in separate containers
  • Store all pool chemicals in a dry, indoor location
  • Avoid inhaling any fumes
  • Keep all chemicals out of reach of children and pets
  • Discard any chemicals that are past the expiry date

It’s advisable to wear gloves when handling pool chemicals and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Electrical

Do a walkaround check of your pool and look for:

Pool Lights

Check for damaged lights or broken light covers

Loose Wires

Any loose wires in your pool area should be safely removed.  Call an electrician for assistance if you are not sure how to replace the wiring.

Power Outlets

Power and water don’t mix. So all outlets around your pool should be in good condition and have proper ground faults to prevent shocks.

Safety in the Pool

Even if you’re just opening your pool for the first time in the spring, your pool interior is likely in excellent condition. But, just in case, some common hazards include:

  • Broken glass
  • Cracked steps or walls
  • Loose pieces of concrete
  • Debris build-up
  • Algae infestation

Conclusion

Keeping your pool safe doesn’t have to be difficult. First, inspect your pool thoroughly in the spring before swimming season starts so you can get a head start on addressing any problems that have arisen over the winter.

Then, do some regular walkarounds of your pool and provide maintenance as necessary.  Once you are sure that your pool is safe for use, you and your family can enjoy swimming in the sun!

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