You may not be going for a refreshing dip in your backyard pool this winter, but you still need to worry about pool safety throughout the snowy season. Although your pool might be completely closed, accidents are still possible, and accidental submersions do happen in winter even when there’s a layer of ice atop the water.
To help you keep your loved ones safe, our pool maintenance experts at Royal Pool & Spa are sharing a few simple tips for boosting swimming pool safety throughout the winter season. Check them out below!
Winter Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Above-Ground Pools
Own an above-ground pool? If it’s a portable pool, you’ll want to empty it, clean it, dry it, and pack it away for the winter since these types of pools really aren’t designed to withstand Minnesota’s harsh winter conditions.
If, on the other hand, you own a steel-sided, above-ground pool, here’s what you’ll want to do to ensure it’s as safe as possible throughout the winter season:
● Remove any ladders attached to the pool or lock them so that they cannot be used to access the water.
● If your pool has a complete deck, install a pool safety cover to prevent accidental falls and submersion.
● Remove any objects from your yard that could be used as a step to access the water.
● Consider installing a safety fence to prevent access to the pool.
Winter Swimming Pool Safety Measures for In-Ground Pools
If you own an in-ground pool, you’ll need to take different safety precautions since it’s far easier for someone to slip and accidentally fall into these types of pools. To keep your loved ones safe this winter, make sure you:
● Install a pool safety cover that’s designed to prevent accidental submersion beneath the water. Solid covers that require water bags are not meant to prevent accidental submersion, so keep that in mind!
● Lock fence gates that you don’t use regularly.
● Regularly inspect safety fencing around the pool for signs of damage or deterioration that necessitate repairs.
If you don’t use a pool safety cover and have a solid cover held down with water bags instead, consider implementing a pool alarm that will alert you to any disturbance the water experiences. You’ll also want to pump clean snow and ice off the cover regularly to make sure it doesn’t become partially submerged below the surface of the pool water.
Want to make sure your pool is properly winterized? Check out our swimming pool closing tips for some helpful advice!
Royal Pool & Spa: The Twin Cities Most Trusted Pool Maintenance Pros
Want to ensure your residential or commercial pool is properly taken care of? Then get in touch with our team at Royal Pool & Spa in White Bear Lake, MN! For more than 30 years, we’ve specialized in full-service swimming pool maintenance, repairs, and renovations, and all of our team members have a minimum of 10 years of pool care experience. No matter what your Twin Cities pool needs to stay in great shape, we’ll make sure it’s done!
For any winter pool questions you may have or to schedule swimming pool chemical delivery to your location, call our office at 651-779-7606. We’ll return to our regular maintenance and repair services in spring!