Your pool and/or spa will no doubt be a
source of fun and relaxation for you, your
family and friends. To help everyone
further enjoy your pool and spa, here is a
list of Safety Tips to remind you and the
users of your pool and spa of some common
safety practices when using or maintaining
the pool or spa.
- Install a safety enclosure around
the pool with self-locking gates.
Protect the pool from access by small
children and animals.
- Supervise children at all times
when they are in the pool
It only takes a second for a child to
slip into the water unnoticed.
- Have rescue equipment available
(throw rings, life hooks and first aid
If an accident happens, there may not be
time to look for needed materials.
- Learn CPR and have CPR signs up to
remind you of the procedures.
Learning and keeping up on CPR
procedures can save lives.
- Teach children to swim.
Teaching your children to swim is the
best thing to do for them if you own a
pool. It will be a lifelong benefit.
- Never swim alone.
There is no guarantee that you will not
need help. Even good swimmers need help
- Do not swim in an inadequately
lighted pool at night.
You should be able to see all pool walls
and the bottom clearly when swimming to
prevent an accident or to see someone in
- Protect children against access to
pool or spa equipment.
Chemicals, electrical circuits and
moving equipment can cause serious injury
or death to any child exposed to these
threats. Children are naturally curious
and like to play with moving equipment
and interesting containers.
- Turn off all electrical equipment to
pool or spa before servicing equipment.
Timers and automatic controls can
unexpectedly turn equipment on while
servicing equipment. This can cause
serious personal injury or damage to the
- Follow all instructions supplied with
your equipment for safe servicing and
repairs. Manufacturers are constantly
updating their recommendations for
performing the safest and easiest repair
procedures for their equipment.
- Have your pool area tested for
electrical safety. Electrical and pool
professionals have equipment to test your
pool and adjoining area for electrical
safety. (See electrical safety
- Do not swim when there is a
possibility of lightening. A pool is a
natural ground for lightening to strike.
Lightening need not strike you or the
pool to injure someone in the pool.
- Do not allow electrical appliances
within 10 feet of the pool or spa
(radios, lamps, etc.) Electrical
appliances can cause serious electrical
shock if they come in contact with
- Do not install any electrical
switches in a location that would require
you to reach over pool equipment to turn
them on or off. Serious injury can be
incurred if the filter separates or
contact is made with moving parts of a
pump when reaching for an electrical
- If a tingling sensation is felt in or
near the pool, shut off all electrical
power to pool equipment. Call a pool
professional or electrician to check the
pool for electrical safety before
allowing anyone to use the pool.
Electrical leakage in a pool area could
come from any electrical source. If a
tingling sensation is felt, electrical
leakage is probably present. Even with
the power off, electrical current could
be present. Any electrical leakage in the
pool can be very dangerous.
Electrical Safety Checklist
When having your pool professional or
electrician check your pool system, the
following list will be helpful in
determining if your pool/spa electrical
system meets basic electrical safety
requirements. Be certain that: