These recommendations are brought to you by the Pool & Spa Alliance (formerly The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals). In addition to supervision, APSP supports the concept of layers of protection. This means that your pool, spa, or hot tub is equipped with several devices to delay unsupervised access or to warn of a child’s presence. Layers of protection for consideration include:
- Adult Supervision
No matter your age or skill level, increase pool safety and enjoyment by ensuring that there’s always at least one non-swimming adult present for supervision. A whistle comes in handy to alert and command everyone’s attention promptly. There is no greater layer of protection than constant adult supervision.
Fencing is another possible layer of protection. There’s a fence for every taste and budget, from wooden and chain link to ornamental and thick hedge barriers. Present your plans and design ideas to your local building code office, homeowners’ group, or other regulatory organization before proceeding.
- Automatic or Manual Safety Covers
A non-penetrating cover can completely cover the pool and block access to pool water. All safety cover types should meet ASTM F13-46 standard.
- Locking Hot Tub Cover
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) recommends that all portable hot tub owners have a safety cover that locks. Locking hot tub covers should meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) F1346-91 safety standard.
Alarms set off a loud sound – and even lights – to warn of potential danger. Consider home security features such as door and exit alarms, fence gate alarms, and water level sensors.
- Rope and Float Line
Placed across the pool, the rope and float line alerts swimmers to the separation between the deep and shallow ends of the pool.
- Life Ring, Shepherd’s Crook (Hook)
These devices are used to pull someone from the pool to safety. All rescue equipment should be placed near the pool in a clearly marked and readily accessible spot, and periodically checked to make sure it’s in good condition.
- First Aid Kit
A first aid kit should be kept in a safe and convenient location and periodically checked to make sure the kit is well stocked with all essentials.
- Emergency Information
Post CPR, emergency (911 or other) contact information, and warning signs in a clearly visible spot near the pool. You and your family may even perform routine safety drills to remind everyone what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency.
- Outside Telephone
A cordless phone at poolside lets you call for help or information quickly, without leaving the pool area.
Choose a level of pool protection that’s right for you and use it! Even on cooler, cloudy days, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can burn and damage skin cells.
- Toys, Games, and Floats
All recreational pool equipment should be safe and age appropriate for each individual. Never leave loose objects in or around the pool. Put them away for security and safety.
- Maintenance Supplies
All cleaners, chemicals, and maintenance supplies should be kept in a locked storage area, away from children and pets. Check labels for proper storage and expiration dates, and follow manufacturers’ guidelines.
Does your commercial, camp or residential gunite pool need cleaning before the start of the swimming season? Give us a call at (866) 444-POOL and get on the schedule to have your pool prepped. We also provide painting services.
Considering liquid chlorine as a sanitizer this year? Wechsler has everything you need including automatic chlorine feeders AND automatic delivery that make operating your pool a breeze!
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Switching to liquid chlorine to sanitize your commercial or residential swimming pool has never been easier! We can not only deliver liquid chlorine to your location, but we can also install the equipment necessary to sanitize your pool and keep it sparkling clean all summer.
Liquid Chlorine is:
- Cleaner: No granular powder to settle on the bottom of your pool and cloud your pool water.
- Quicker: Liquid begins working instantly; granular chlorine must dissolve first to distribute throughout the pool.
- Non-Scaling: Granular chlorine can lead to excessively high calcium or stabilizer levels, which can cause scaling or pool stains.
- Costs Less: Liquid chlorine is significantly less than granular chlorine, because the chlorine strength of 2.5 gallons of liquid chlorine would require 4-7 lbs. of granular chlorine shock.
Contact us for a free quote on switching to liquid chlorine. Wechsler Pool has been proudly serving the Catskill region for 85 years.
Are you considering having someone open your commercial or residential pool this spring? Why not give a trusted local 85 year old pool supply company handle the pool opening for you?
Wechsler Pool & Supply Company has been handing pool openings for over 8 decades. Get on our spring opening schedule today! While we’re out there ask us for a quote on a new pool heater or a liquid chlorine system. At Wechsler – we’re everything pool, except the water!
If you are considering handling your own pool opening, know that Wechsler Pool is an authorized BioGuard dealer and carries the pool chemical supplies that you need to correctly open the pool. We also sell Hayward equipment, including pool heaters.
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