School will be out soon which means your kids are going to have a little more free time on their hands, and if you’ve got swimming pool at your home then you had better be prepared for the mass of visitors your backyard is sure to see. Making sure that your pool is safe doesn’t just have the potential to save lives; it can also save your pocket book.
Did you know that if a child or other individual is injured while using your pool you might be held liable for all damages? Those bills add up quick. Yes, your homeowners insurance will protect you to a degree, but we probably won’t be paying for everything, especially if we determine that the accident could have been prevented.
Here are a few simple steps our friends over at Pool Safely recommend for keeping your pool safe:
- Install a four-foot or taller fence around your pool – be sure that all gates are self-closing and self-latching.
- While it is better for the pool to be totally enclosed, you may use your home as the fourth wall, but if you do choose to do so install window guards on all windows facing the pool, as well as a door alarm to alert you if anyone is entering the pool area from your home.
- If you have a hot tub, be sure that the cover is lockable and is always secure when not in use.
- Consider installing pool and gate alarms to alert you when your children are playing in or around the pool.
- Maintain all pool and spa covers.
- Ensure that all drain covers are compliant.
Check in with your Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors agent to find out what else you can do to make your pool a safer place!
Source – Simple Steps Save Lives
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