North Raleigh Swimming Pool Damages and Safety Tips
After Memorial Day pools across Wake County and North Raleigh begin to welcome their first guests of the swimming season. For many homeowners, swimming is an activity best enjoyed in the privacy of their own home, but there are some dangers associated with owning a pool. Other than fire, water damages can be one of the most costly disasters affecting your home. If you are installing a pool this season, whether above ground or below check your county and city ordinances to make sure your new structure is incompliance and check your homeowner’s policy to be certain you are covered.
Pool Safety Tips
Pools are a great way to enjoy the summer and have gatherings with friends and family. Unfortunately, they are also an attractive nuisance. Generally speaking, homeowners are responsible for anyone that uses their pool. Even if they were uninvited! Because your home is probably one of your most valuable possessions it is important to protect it inside and outside. Here are some safety tips every homeowner with a pool should know:
- Keep lifesaving equipment in the pool area. It only takes a moment for an incident to occur regardless of the swimmer’s skill level. Having lifesaving equipment and those properly instructed in its use can prevent tragedy’s.
- Store your pool chemicals in a safe area. These should be in a location away from the pool and remember to those pool chemicals away from children.
- Keep your pool clean. A dirty pools is not only unattractive, it is also a health hazard that could hold you liable. Not only should the pool itself be clean, but the area around the pool needs to be kept tidy. Ideally glass, bottles, and food should be kept away from the pool area. Pool toys and floats should be removed from the pool when not in use so as to avoid tempting small children to reach for the item.
- Refrain from imbibing while swimming. The CDC states that in 70% of deaths involving adult water recreation there was alcohol involved.
- Inspect your pool for signs of wear and tear. Ensure your pool is equipped with an overflow system that will drain excess water. Leaks from your backyard pool could flood your lawn or your basement. Discontinue use of the pool upon discovery of an issue and make repairs immediately.
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