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Before your family starts splashing around in the pool, make sure you check the pool liner for rips and tears – just one of the many tips listed below.
- Maintain secure fencing and a locked entrance around the pool and deck area to prevent access when adequate supervision is not available.
- Make sure there is adequate lifesaving equipment in the pool area, including life preservers and a rescue hook.
- Keep chemicals safely stored away from the pool area. Follow all storage and usage instructions recommended by the manufacturer.
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area.
- Inspect the liner periodically. Rips and tears can appear undetected at the top of the lining.
- Check for signs of wear and tear in areas where pipes or other items may have penetrated the liner (e.g., skimmers, hoses, etc.).
- For above ground pools, check metal supports for rust or deterioration. These may indicate areas where the pool could rupture or a person could be injured.
- Check the deck for safety hazards (e.g., protruding nails, loose boards, etc.).
- Keep your pool maintained and seasonably prepped. Be sure to lower the water level and keep the pool covered in the winter months.
- Install an audible pool alarm to alert you if someone falls into the pool while it is unattended.
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