Accidents occur wherever we go. We are human and mistakes happen but to limit dangers and hazards we need to pay attention to detail and do our part to prevent injuries. A swimming pool in the backyard is a place of relaxation and recreation but also has the ingredients to become a safety hazard.

Unforgiving concrete decks combined with water can create a danger. Address any low spots in surrounding deck to avoid water from pooling. Certain algae can bloom on the surface of the decking and become a make shift “slip-n-slide”.

In addition to slipping on wet surfaces there are also dangers involved with tripping. Make sure there are no trip hazards around the pool, the only thing worse than tripping is stubbing a toe…OUCH! Customers who own a safety cover secured by anchors that have been drilled into the deck should make sure that when removing cover to recess anchors into the deck completely making them flush.

When the ground shifts it can also make the decking unlevel and account for a trip hazard. Decking can be removed and re-leveled and anchors can be replaced. Extra caution is needed when your pool is emptied or under construction. Always make sure self-latching gates are functioning to avoid unwanted visitors.

Preventing Slip-and-Fall Injuries:

Common methods for preventing backyard pool injuries include:

As a responsible pool owner, here are some common items you will want to have poolside just in case there is a slip or fall:

Most swimming pool safety steps are a matter of common sense. Reinforce the rules of the pool throughout the course of the Broward County swim season and everyone will be assured a fun, safe time.