Never leave children alone, no matter how much swimming skills they have.
Never dive in shallow water, and always know how deep the water is where
you are going to be swimming.
Walk - don't run - around the pool area. It is a good idea to have a deck
that is slip-resistant and has adequate drainage to minimize falls. Keep
the deck free of pool accessories, toys, patio furniture, and any decorative
items so that no one will trip over them.
Keep a phone nearby in case of emergency. Keep any rescue equipment nearby,
such as a flotation device. Also have a first aid kit available and keep
Do not get in or near water if there is a storm nearby, or lightning in
the area. Do the same if there are any exposed electrical equipment or
wires in the immediate area. If you absolutely must have appliances near
a pool, use battery operated ones, or use a grounded (GFCI) outlet.
Know how to properly maintain your pool. Read and understand all manuals relating to the use of cleaning equipment, chemicals, filters, pumps, etc. Misuse of these items could lead to injury, blindness, and possible electrocution.
Do not swim or dive if you have been drinking or using drugs of any kind.
You increase your risk of injury or even drowning.
Routinely check all pool ladders, steps, or handrails to make sure that
they are secured properly.
It is a Florida code that you either install a pool safety fenceor have alarms installed on all windows and doors with access to the pool.It
is highly recommended that you purchase a pool safety fence, especially if you have small children and pets. Make sure that your fence has a self-closing and self-latching gate. Read your owner's manual for proper use and maintenance of your safety fence. Remember, pool covers do not prevent drowning. They are normally used to save energy, help keep debris out of your pool, and assist in keeping the water warmer (if heated).
Remember to always apply sunscreen to prevent sunburns. You can get burned
even if it is cloudy, and even if you are in the pool!!!