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Make Sure Your Backyard Pool is Safe for Winter

October 31, 2013

Summer is officially over. As we move into fall, we start thinking about the upcoming holidays and preparing for the long winter months. For some of us, that means closing the pool for the season.

Electric Pool CoverMy childhood home had an in ground pool, so I’m all too familiar with the daunting tasks of opening, maintaining, and closing a pool. It’s a lot of work.

Millions of us enjoy the summer months by swimming and relaxing in backyard pools. Tragically, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. We researched Indiana Residential Building Code that governs safety features of residential swimming pools. Here’s what we found:

  1. Access to residential pools shall be restricted by (1) of the following:
    • Walls or fencing not less than 4′ high, surrounding the pool with lockable gates.
    • A power safety pool cover that needs a key or secure access to open/close.
  2. Residential swimming pools must have the following lifesaving equipment installed:
    • A ring or rope throwing buoy.
    • A pole not less than twelve (12) feet in length.
    • Access to a telephone.
  3. In pools where the slope change occurs in water depths less than 4’6″, a transition rope supported by buoys shall be installed.

If you haven’t already closed your pool, you will soon. Make sure your pool has the aforementioned safety devices installed. This is also a great time to walk the perimeter to make sure your fencing and pool cover are in good condition and the locks and latches are working properly.

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Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.

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