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Swimming Pool Safety

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Swimming pools were designed for good times but they require good sense and good safety to keep the times good. Establish sensible safety rules at the beginning. Here are safety tips for around your pool:

pawprintConstantly supervise children.

pawprintDecks should be kept clean and clear of debris.

pawprintKeep lifesaving equipment next to the pool. These items should remain stationary and not be misplaced.

pawprintDecks should have a non-slip surface.

pawprintAll cups glasses and dishes should be non-breakable.

pawprintNever swim alone.

pawprintIt is best not to swim immediately after eating a heavy meal.

pawprintIf the supervisor is uncomfortable with someone's swimming abilities, make sure they stay in shallow water and watch them closely.

pawprintUse caution with inflatable toys and mattresses -- they deflate.

pawprintAbsolutely no horseplay or rough housing.

pawprintGo down a slide feet-first only.

pawprintOnly one person on the diving board at a time.

pawprintDon't allow swimrning under the diving board while in use.

pawprintMake sure all electrical appliances and devices are protected by a ground fault circuit interruptor (GFCI). Water is an excellent conductor of electricity and electrical shock or electrocution can occur in a pool if live electrical current flowing through appliances and devices comes into contact with the water.

pawprintWhenever practical, anyone that uses your pool should shower with soap and water before use. Perspiration and lotions will reduce the effectiveness of the pool disinfectant and lessen the ability of the filter to work efficiently.

pawprintIf you use your pool at night, provide adequate lighting in and around the pool so that the pool bottom is clearly visible.

pawprintStay out of the water during lightning or rainstorms.

Pool Chemical Safety

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Chemicals needed for clean, sanitized water are potentially harmful when stored or used improperly. Follow these simple rules for use, storage and handling swimming pool chemicals:

pawprint Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.

pawprintChemical agents for test kits should be replaced each year.

pawprintKeep the original lids on all chemical containers and make sure the lids are closed lightly when not in use.

pawprintDo not stack different chemicals on top of one another.

pawprintStore chemicals in a cool, dry, well ventilated area preferably off the floor.

pawprintDo not store your pool chemicals where other flammable items may mix with them.

pawprint>Before using chemicals, carefully read the label and follow manufacturers' instructions.

pawprintAlways add chemicals to water -- never add water to chemicals.

pawprintNever add chemicals to the pool water while swimmers are using the pool.

pawprintTest the water in your pool with a reliable test kit regularly. As a rule, the more people who use your pool, the more frequently you should test the water.

pawprintNever reuse old chemical containers.

pawprintHandle all chemicals, both liquid and dry, carefully.

pawprintNever mix chemicals together. Explosions or fire can occur.

pawprintDo not inhale dust or fumes of chemicals.

pawprintDo not smoke when using chemicals.

pawprintWash your hands throughly after using chemicals.

pawprintDo not allow chemicals to contact your eyes, nose or mouth. (In case of contact or if a chemical product is swallowed, follow the manufacturer's label or advice. Call your doctor or your local poison control