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Jul 30, 2018

Pool Safety Tips

Now that summer is in full bloom, afternoons at the pool are a highlight of these hot and humid days. While swimming may be a fun activity, it can also be dangerous. That’s why we wanted to bring you a few pool safety tips, as recommended by the American Red Cross.

  • Secure the pool or hot tub with appropriate barriers—a four-foot-high fence or barrier with a self-closing and self-latching gate.
  • Supervise children constantly, and remain nearby while children are swimming. Never swim alone.
  • Establish and enforce rules and teach safe poolside behaviors. Rules can include “no diving,” “stay away from drains,” and “walk, please.”
  • Install a pool alarm that will alert you if someone enters the pool.
  • Train everyone in how to swim. The American Red Cross offers courses. Also train household members in aquatic emergency response, water safety, first aid and CPR.
  • Keep your pool clean and at proper chemical levels. Ensure proper water circulation.
  • Place a safety cover over the pool or hot tub when you’re not using it. Remove ladders or steps.

We thought we’d add a few of our own pool area safety tips:

  • Keep areas around pools clear of excess toys and yard debris like fallen branches, bush or tree trimmings or leaf piles. This prevents tripping hazards and helps keep the pool clean.
  • Remove broken or outdated pool equipment. Instead of leaving the old motor or a set of broken pool stairs in the yard, have 123JUNK haul it away. If your items are not broken, and are reusable, we can donate them to an area charity for resale on your behalf.

123JUNK Can Haul Away Pools and Hot Tubs

If you have decided to replace your above-ground pool or hot tub, or just need one hauled away, 123JUNK can handle that. We can also clear your yard of debris: yard clippings, branches, leaves, trash from projects, furnishings, and even old swingsets and sheds. We’ll send our big red truck and professional staff around to make the pickup, leaving your yard tidy and ready for play.

Pool Safety Regulations

Every year thousands of people drown in swimming pools. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the largest cause of unintentional death in the world and the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four. Statistics claim that about 10 people die from drowning each day in the United States (The Centers for Disease Control) and that approximately 5,000 people yearly receive emergency care for injuries in pools or spas (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.)

Pool safety is of such importance that the government has established regulations surrounding home pools. The “Swimming Pool Code” of 1968 created standards for the electrical equipment that is used around pools, like water circulators and heaters. In Virginia, Code of Virginia ordinances require fencing a minimum of four feet high around swimming pools, even those on private property.

Don’t let a pool disaster ruin your summer. Follow simple pool safety rules, and let 123JUNK help you keep a neat and tidy yard (and home).

Schedule your Pool or Hot Tub Pickup with 123JUNK

Call 123JUNK and talk with a live person to schedule your pickup. Whether it’s household goods, furniture, pools or hot tubs. We’ll take away almost anything.  Contact us today.

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