With the summer solstice coming this weekend, we can officially say summer is here. Before you spark up the barbecue and gather the kids to enjoy some summer fun around the pool, be sure you have done all you can to keep your family and visitors safe.

Before the Guests Arrive – Pool Maintenance Tips

Pool safety begins before anyone enters the water. At the beginning of each summer season, it is essential to inspect the entire pool and surrounding areas for potential hazards.

  • Inspect the pool fence and gate – every pool should have a secure fence with childproof gate surrounding it. Replacing any faulty or damaged elements can help to keep unsupervised children from accessing the pool.
  • Inspect the deck and pool area – check the pool liner, metal supports (for above ground pools), and deck area for any hazards, including raised nails and sharp edges.
  • Install an alarm – if you often have small children on your property, whether a part of your family or just from the neighborhood, installing an alarm on the pool can be a lifesaving safety feature.
  • Secure pool chemicals – especially if the homeowner does not currently have children in the house, it is easy to forget to lock up the pool chemicals before inviting guests over for summer fun.
  • Check the lifesaving devices – as you pull out the lawn chairs and beach umbrellas from storage, make sure your pool lifesaving devices are in good condition and are easily visible.

Party Time – Pool Safety Tips

As the summer fun begins, pool safety is an important issue. These tips can help to ensure your family and guests have fun without risking injury.

  • No one swims alone – even for experienced swimmers, swimming alone can pose a significant risk. It is especially essential to never leave children unattended in the pool area.
  • Protect inexperienced swimmers – to ensure their safety, inexperienced swimmers should only be allowed in the pool area with someone who has the skills to perform a water rescue.
  • No glass allowed – remember that one broken glass can cause a cutting-hazard for the remainder of the season.
  • Use caution with electricity – by ensuring stereos and other electrical equipment are protected from water, you reduce the risk of electrical shock. Additionally, make sure to only use GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets outdoors.
  • Be aware – the most important tip for pool safety is to be aware of what is happening in and around your pool.

Summer Maintenance For Your Insurance Policies

It is common to purchase an insurance policy, and then never think about it again. However, as your lifestyle changes, your insurance policy should, too. Let your BenefitSource insurance professional help you inspect your policies this summer. We specialize in evaluating your individual needs and any changes that may have happened over the past year to ensure you have the right amount of coverage at the best price. Call us directly at (877) 215-5431 or email us to set up your evaluation.

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