One of the best parts of the hotter summer months is jumping into a pool full of cool water where you are free to float around, aimlessly, for as long as you want while the cares of the world twist in the wind. And while getting in the pool isn’t limited just to August and the end of summer, obviously, it just isn’t the same as escaping from the hot, humid air here in the Dallas-Fort Worth dog days.
Pools are a place of fun and relaxation, but they obviously need to be enjoyed with care. The potential for danger there is high, and if you’re not careful then a pool can pose a great deal of risk to your family and friends. Staying safe in the pool doesn’t need to replace the fun you have – rather, it consists of just a few guidelines to keep in mind while splashing around. Mister Sparky wants our DFW neighbors to have as much fun in the sun as possible, but safety is our first concern.
Make Sure GFCI Outlets are Installed and Working
All of your exterior outlets should be GFCI units. GFCI, or Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter, outlets, are designed to prevent short circuits from occurring and harming your home’s electrical infrastructure. They monitor the current flowing in and out of each prong in the outlet and will automatically halt the power output as soon as it detects even the smallest difference.
These outlets are commonly installed outdoors and near places where water could affect the outlet, so make sure the ones closest to the pool are GFCI outlets – and that they’re operating.
All pools should have four-sided barriers surrounding them, and each wall or fence should be at least four feet high. Accidental drowning is a frequent cause of death. According to the National Safety Council, there were 3,700 reported drownings in 2016.
And of that number, 463 were children ages 1-4 – one of the leading causes of preventable death among infants. Take some time and make sure your pool is safe for children, and never take an eye off them when you’re all enjoying the pool together.
Obviously, be sure to install a safety cover over the pool and place it whenever the pool is out of season. Although the barriers should do a great job of keeping wayward children out, the cover will ensure it’s safe.
Be Smart Around the Pool
Everyone knows there are a few rules to keep in mind around the pool, but it never hurts to hear them again.
– Don’t run! Always walk around the pool, because even the most sure-footed among us can slip and fall when we least expect it.
– Use a buddy system when in the water. Everyone has the potential to accidentally cramp up underwater or suddenly have a bunch of water flow into our noses, and having someone there to help can make a big difference.
– The second you see a flash of lightning, get out of the water! Despite how far away the storm seems, they travel quickly and can be upon you before you know it. Better to be safe than sorry.
Staying safe in the pool doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun! Follow these simple rules we laid out and you’ll be enjoying it with your family, splishing and splashing in the cool water. Mister Sparky has the tools and expertise to make sure the electrical components of your home don’t pose a risk to your pool fun, and we’ll be glad to help you out.
Give us a call at 214-613-0481 and have us come take a look today!