Keep your pool clean and safe

A residential swimming pool often is the centerpiece of the backyard and the focus of attention at weekend gatherings. Like most high-value objects, swimming pools need to be maintained and cleaned frequently to keep them in good condition. 

While you may think it’s vital to have the best looking pool in the neighborhood, it’s even more important to make sure it’s safe.

Follow instructions on chemical labels. If the label is unreadable, don’t guess — return the container to the dealer.

Never mix pool chemicals. Improper mixing can result in water quality issues or harm to your health. Make sure you’re sticking to the instructions.

Store chemicals safely. Cleaning chemicals are toxic — they should be stored in a cool, dry, locked area.

Remove toys from in and around the pool. Cleaning your pool includes taking your children’s toys out. Don’t leave them floating in the pool or out in the open — they could tempt younger kids who can easily fall in.

Look for mold and mildew. More commonly found in pools with ceramic tiles, mold and mildew can cause allergy symptoms, asthma, or respiratory and lung problems. Frequent cleaning should eliminate most mildew and mold spores.

Talk to your children. Remind your kids why safety is important and what they should look for when swimming at a friend’s. It also can be beneficial to have a conversation with other parents to make sure your child is safe under their supervision.

Check out these seven tips for more information about how to keep your family safe in the swimming pool.