Safety

Safety items, including pool safety , no diving and caution signs, should be properly installed and/or displayed for the safety of all pool users. We strongly recommend pool owners to request additional safety related publications from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), including: “The Sensible Way To Enjoy Your Pool,” “Children Aren’t Waterproof” and “Pool and Spa Emergency Procedures for Infants and Children.” These APSP publications can be ordered from the APSP by calling or writing them at APSP, 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 500 Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-0083, or by visiting the APSP consumer Web site at www.theapsp.org.

The APSP also provides a variety of useful tools for pool professionals and consumers through its four Web sites that promote pool fun and safety. Those sites include:

Any use of slides, diving boards or any other features or equipment must be in strict compliance with the respective manufacturer’s specifications, current Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) / American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, as well as local building codes and regulations. Before anyone uses a swimming pool, diving board or slide, they must first familiarize themselves with the depth of the pool. We encourage you to always enter any body of water feet first.

Keep a first aid kit and life saving equipment in close proximity to your pool. Do not allow unsafe or risky behavior in or around the pool.

We encourage you to always maintain constant adult supervision when children are in or near any body of water. Install fences, barriers and pool covers to prevent unsupervised access, especially by young children. Inspect your pool, barriers, alarms and other related equipment on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good working order and that they are safe. Maintenance and safety manuals contain detailed tips and recommendations and should be read, followed and applied on a regular basis.

Chemical Safety

Always read all chemical labels and instructions carefully prior to use and be sure to follow the directions.

Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children and be sure to properly store and handle chemicals in accordance with label instructions.