Backyard Pool Rules
Do you have a pool in your backyard? Make sure your pool meets these safety requirements set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Fences and walls should be at least four feet high and installed completely around the pool. Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be out of a small child's reach.
- If your house forms one side of the barrier to the pool, then doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a door is unexpectedly opened.
- A power safety cover -- a motor-powered barrier that can be placed over the water area -- should be used when the pool is not in use.
- Install environmental protection, if you own a pool or spa, such as multiple drains, entrapment drain covers, and drain safety vacuum release systems.
- For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured and locked, or removed when the pool is not in use.
- If a child is missing, always look in the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Keep rescue equipment by the pool, and be sure a phone is poolside with emergency numbers posted. You or someone in your household should know CPR.
- If pool alarms are used, CPSC advises that consumers use remote alarm receivers so the alarm can be heard inside the house or in other places away from the pool area.
Reviewed 6/2006 by Deirdre Byrne
Additional reporting by Loraine M. Stern, MD, FAAP
Source: Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Safe Kids Worldwide
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