Back to articles How to Safety Proof Your Home Pool By: Diana Goodwin, AquaMobile Swim School

Categories: Parenting Health & Wellness

Have a backyard pool? You are probably enjoying the benefits of increased exercise, cooling off after a long day, and being the envy of all your friends. But it is important to remember that a home pool comes with increased risks.

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in young children, and 60% of these drownings occur at home. AquaMobile Swim School has developed a guide on safety proofing your home pool and making sure you enjoy all the benefits of your home pool, without the hazards.

1. Have multiple barriers

Your pool should have a self-closing, self-locking gate with a fence at least 1.5 meters high to prevent a child from climbing over it. If your pool is above the ground, remove the ladder after pool use so children cannot climb in. Fully retract the pool cover before using the pool, as a child could get stuck under the cover. Don?t forget to lock doors and windows of your home to minimize the risk of young children wandering out to the pool.

2. Beware of excess water

A child can drown in as little as a few centimeters of water. Make sure to remove excess water on top of the pool cover, and drain wading pools and kiddie pools when they are not in use. Additionally, watch out for water on your pool deck and equipment. Many serious injuries occur from falling on slippery decks, boards, and ladders.

3. Properly equip your pool

Make sure your pool has a first-aid kit and emergency phone numbers nearby. Pool deck should be free of objects. Have at least one buoyant aid (such as a pool noodle or flutter board) near the pool deck and be prepared to use other safety equipment such as lifejackets and pool safety hooks. Safety equipment should be inspected routinely to make sure they are in working condition. Separate shallow and deep end with a buoy line.

4. Be alert

Always have a designated pool supervisor ? don?t get distracted by magazines or conversations ? drowning can happen in as little as 10 seconds. If you need to do something away from the pool, make sure your child is out of the pool and by your side before you proceed. If you are throwing a pool party, hiring a certified lifeguard is highly recommended so that you can focus on entertaining and not worry about being distracted.

5. Maintain your pool regularly

Whether you self-maintain your pool or have a professional do it, pools should have a pH reading between 7.2 and 7.8. Free Available Chlorine should be at least 0.5 ppm. Your pool should be free of debris and hair, with the main drain visible. Chemicals should be stored in clearly labeled, sealed containers in a secure location.

6. Educate yourself and your children

If you have a pool, everyone in your household should learn to swim. Infants can begin learning as young as 3 months old (be sure to check with your doctor first). Early water education will teach children to respect the water. Review basic safety rules with your children, and warn them to stay away from pool drains, filters, and covers.

All adults or caregivers should learn to perform proper CPR and First Aid. Swim Schools such as AquaMobile can provide a Pool Safety Course to teach you the basics of keeping your family safe around your home pool environment.

With these tips in mind, your home pool will be a place for fun and recreation, not stress!

AquaMobile Swim School is a private swim school that offers high quality swim instruction at clients? home and condo pools in over 25 cities across Ontario. AquaMobile can be reached at or 1-888-950-7946