How to protect yourself from swimming-pool dangers

A swimming pool is a notoriously dangerous place, especially if you are responsible for looking after children. There are some necessary steps that you must be making in order to safe-proof your pool, or else you could be culpable for any loss or injury that may occur. To help you with any concerns you may be having, we’ve read through the HSE’s guidelines and requirements for swimming pools and detailed some of the most essential recommendations below.

Ensure your edging is slip-proof

Ensure the safety of everyone using your swimming pool by providing a proper, slip-proof surface to the outside of your pool. The significance of a properly preserved, hazard-free surface which helps prevent slippage and falls cannot be overstated.

Surface roughness, moisture displacement and even the gradient of your pool’s edge can all play a large role in the slipperiness of your surfaces. Our LeisureTek safety tiles are designed to help combat this risk and they come in a number of styles and colours to help suit any location.

Handrails, steps and ladders

Providing proper access to your pool is of vital importance. A properly designed set of steps or ladder should be firmly fixed and of sufficient strength to support the user. It’s also vitally important if you are using a ladder to make sure that no finger-, leg- or head-traps have been created which could lead to someone becoming pinned or trapped in the pool.

Putting up guards

If you are designing a pool that could be accessed by an unsupervised toddler or small child, it is incredibly important that you set up a perimeter fence. The mortality rates associated with swimming pools are well chronicled and unfortunately, many accidents could be avoided by simply putting up a perimeter fence around the outside of the pool.

Have you protected your pool circulation system with covers or grilles?

There is a small, but dangerous possibility that fingers or toes may get stuck in sumps if they are not protected properly. Your sump cover or circulation inlet should be covered and you must have at least two outlets for every pump inlet, in order to minimise the danger of suction, which can lead to people being drawn in by its suction or even trapped hair in your pump.

If you’d like to learn any more about our rubber safety tiles, particularly related to your swimming pool’s edging, covering and surfaces, why not contact us with any questions you may have?

Posted on 28 Feb 2014 by Smith Brothers
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