Awareness & Pool Safety
At Pools by CAC, we will assist you in creating a safe zone for you and your family. Multiple layers of protective prevention are essential. Place compliant fence and gate barriers completely around the pool and spa, closely supervise young children, and be prepared in case of emergency.
- Never use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision
- Keep rescue equipment and a phone next to the pool
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Install physical barriers around the pool to limit access
- Fences and walls should be at least 5-feet high and installed completely around the pool
- Gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The latch should be out of reach of small children at 60” from ground level
- If your house forms one side of the barrier for the pool, doors leading from the house to the pool should be protected with alarms that sound when the doors are unexpectedly opened.
- The use of a power safety cover, a motor-powered barrier placed over the water area, to prevent access by young children is always a safe and valuable energy savings feature.
- For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured or removed when the pool is not in use.
Pool & Spa Entrapment Dangers
- Never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover. Be sure a newer, safer VGB compliant drain cover is in place
- The new VGB drain covers are usually domed-shaped instead of the old flat drain covers
- Consider installing a Safety Vacuum.
- Release System (SVRS), a device that will automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected
- Have a professional regularly inspect your pool or spa for entrapment or entanglement hazards
- Plainly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump
- If someone is entrapped against a drain, cut off the pump immediately. Instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction, pry a hand between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal
For more information, please visit CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov, or call the CPSC Hotline at 800-638-2772.