School is nearly out for Summer and Christmas holidays are just around the corner which means its well and truly backyard BBQ and swimming pool time. If you have a backyard pool or spa, here are a few tips to help you make sure your pool is safe for you, your family and any friends who may stop by.
Watch the Kids
Watch the kids. The pool is a place for fun. Teach your kids how to swim (and learn yourself if you don’t know how). Kids wander around a lot and can find their way into the pool even if they’re out of sight for only a minute. But most importantly, when children are around the pool, or in it, always watch them.
Check the Fences and Gates
Maintaining your pool fence and gates is a mandatory task for all swimming pool and spa owners in Queensland. Ensuring your pool fence or spa fence meets the legislative requirements is essential to reduce the number of avoidable backyard drownings in Queensland homes. Pool and spa owners in Queensland must maintain the fence and ensure gates self latch at all times. Make sure the gate/s self-close from all points in their arc and don’t become wedged open.
Repair Any Damage to Decking, Equipment and Pool Area
Make sure pool ladders and pool railings are secure so people aren’t hurt when they rely on them to get in and out of the pool. Repair damage to decking to prevent people from tripping.
Test Your Pool Water Routinely
Keeping your pool safe is more than protecting against drowning and physical accidents. You need to keep your pool water clean, too, so people don’t get sick swimming in dirty water. Testing the chemical balance of the water in your pool is one of the most important things you can do to make sure it’s up to par. To keep your pool safe, test the chlorine and pH levels at least weekly, more if you can.
Don’t Swim If You’re Sick
Chlorinating your pool only does so much. You need to keep germs out of the pool. Practice good hygiene. Don’t swim when you have diarrhoea. If there is an accident in your pool, be sure to clear the pool and follow guidelines for proper cleaning of the water.
Skim, Brush and Vacuum Your Pool Regularly
There’s a lot of stuff out there that can get into your pool. It will not only make your pool look like a mess, it could make it tougher for your chemicals to keep the water clean. Swimmers can carry in sunblock, oils and other items. There’s dust, sediment and leaves blowing in the air that can all make it a lot harder for your filtration system to keep things clean. So use a hand skimmer to clean your pool’s surface, brush the walls and vacuum its floor often. Don’t forget to remove any leaves and debris in the skimmer baskets.
Keep Your Deck Clean
It only stands to reason the less mess there is on the deck surrounding your pool, the less stuff that can be blown or carried into it. A good sweeping will go a long way to keeping your pool looking pristine.
Keep your Pool Filter Clean
If you have a cartridge-based filter, make sure to check, clean or replace your filters when they’re dirty. If you’re using a sand filter, make sure to backwash and clean your filter screens when they need it.
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