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July 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 am

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With summer already here, your pool will probably get more use. Keeping everyone safe while they cool have and have fun in your pool should be made a priority.

Use these tips from our partners at American Home Shield® to make your pool safer this summer.

Put up a fence around your pool area

A good isolation fence is at least four feet high and surrounds both the pool and the spa, if you have one. Even if you don’t have kids at home, an isolation fence around your pool and hot tub can save the life of someone else’s child and may protect you from legal liability.

Install pool alarms

Locks, child-safe latches and alarms can all help alert you if your little one gets through any of the doors, gates or windows that lead to the pool area. Every such access point, including pet doors if they are large enough for a child, should be equipped with locks and alarms.

Keep up with pool repairs

Missing or broken drain covers in your pool or hot tub can present a drowning hazard because young children can get sucked down or trapped in them. Install anti-entrapment drain covers in your pool and spa and take advantage of American Home Shield’s® home warranty pool and spa coverage.

Cover your pool when you’re not using it

If at all possible, you should cover your pool with a rigid safety cover when you’re not using it. A motorized cover is best for this because you should cover your pool any time you’re not using it, even during pool season. Make sure it fits snugly over the entire pool surface.

Be prepared for the worst

Be prepared in case something goes wrong. Keep a phone nearby while you’re using the pool so you can call 911, learn CPR, and familiarize yourself with the signs of drowning—it may not be as obvious as you think.

Continue reading here to learn more about each of these five tips and learn more about American Home Shield’s® pool and spa pump warranty plan.

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