Injuries and accidents dull the most crystal-clear pool water. Take some time to make sure you are optimizing for safety as you open your pool.
Assess Pool Accessories
Check your pool accessories like your slide, step rails, diving board and pool ladder to see if anything needs replacement. Look for rust buildup, cracks, sharp edges as you reattach them. Lubricate your diving board hinges and bolts so everything moves properly.
Take Care of Your Filter and Pump
Turn on your pool pump. Once water is flowing through your pump, check your filter. Decide whether it needs to be replaced or simply washed. Proper filtration systems keep your water clean and safe.
Shock Your Pool
Shocking your pool with high amounts of chlorine kills bacteria and algae and keeps your pool sparkly clean. Wear goggles, safety gloves and clothes you don’t care about because the chlorine could be dangerous to you and ruin your clothes.
Always add the chlorine to water - never the opposite way round.
Dissolve the chlorine, shock, in a bucket of water before adding it to your pool. Repeat as necessary.
Leave your filtration system running for a full 24 hours after adding chemicals to the pool. This ensures even dispersal of the chemicals throughout the water.
Guard Gate and Fence
Install a guard gate and fence around the pool to prevent small children from accidentally falling in the pool. Check your gate to ensure it locks itself. This setup adds one more excellent precautionary measure to improve pool safety.
Check for weak points and damage if you have a guard gate and fence already.
Install Pool Alarms
Pool alarms protect against accidental drowning by emitting loud sounds when triggered. Use an above-ground alarm to complement your safety gate or an in-pool alarm to detect splashing. Strap transmitters for wearable pool alarms on a person or pet. The alarm will emit loud sounds when the transmitters come into contact with water.
Escape Ramp for Small Wildlife Safety
Frogs and other animals like mice or rats may enter or fall into your pool. Install a simple escape ramp to prevent them from drowning in your pool. Ramps save you the trouble of fishing out the bodies/animals later.