The great (and not so great) thing about living in Connecticut is that the summers get hot! Even if you’re one who loves the heat, most would agree the humidity can get unbearable. To offer added comfort, luxury and some fun to their yard, many homeowners have a pool installed at their residence.
Along with the hours of fun and relaxation the water can provide, there are many dangers and laws to abide by for swimming pools at Connecticut homes. Let’s review some of those as the height of summer is now here in the state.
Watch the Kids
Drownings at residential pools, especially for young children is a leading cause of accidental deaths each year. What’s worse, many of these incidents occur with the child’s parent nearby. It’s for this reason that it’s so important as the owner of the pool to pay extra attention and follow all rules for safe pool use at all times.
Use Gates and Locks
Adding a physical barrier to enter the pool is a requirement in Connecticut. For both public and private pools, a barrier that is at least 4 feet tall and that does not have vertical gaps in the fencing larger than 1.75 inches is the mandate. The gates must also have functioning locks and self-latching devices. For above ground pools, ladders should be locked or removed to prevent access when there is no dedicated supervision available or the pool isn’t in use.
Invest in Swimming Lessons
While having an adult who can swim supervising is important, it is also a good idea to invest in swimming lessons that provide children and adults with the proper skills required to become a strong swimmer and how to handle rough waters or difficult situations. Self-taught swimming in a 4ft. pool, for example, is not the same as visiting a 12-ft. in ground pool and can create a false sense of security. The best way to prepare and protect swimmers to enjoy the water is to provide them with safe swim instructions they can use for life.
Be sure to check with your local zoning laws and ask your homeowner’s insurance agent to ensure your pool is up to code and you’re protected.
Remember, you need to be cautious about pool safety at your home but you also need insurance that keeps you as protected as possible. Speak to an agent at Petruzelo Insurance to discuss your options and choose the homeowner’s insurance and medical insurance policies that best suit your needs.