I’m thinking of building a swimming pool or buying an above ground pool. What are some of the safety concerns that I should be aware of?
Do I need a certain size fence around my pool?
Any time you have standing water in your yard, whether it’s a pond, pool or hot tub, you need a six (6) ft fence around it. The fence must have locking gates. In the case of a hot tub, you can equip it with a locking cover instead.
If I have an above ground pool, then I don’t need a 6 ft fence. Right?
Wrong. If the pool is over 2 ft deep then you are required to have the six foot fence around it. This is in the Alberta Building Code.
Do I have to have a main drain in my pool?
No. Most above ground pools do not have a main drain. The main drain helps the circulation of your water. If you do not have a main drain, it does not hurt the operation of your swimming pool.
How many main drains should I have?
According to the Alberta Building code a commercial pool requires at least two main drains. Right now, you are only required to have a single main drain. This requirement will most lightly change in the next couple of years, to two main drains.
I’m concerned about little children getting into the pool from the house. How can I prevent this from happening?
One way to prevent little people from gaining access to the pool area, is to make sure that all doors leading from the house to the pool area, have locks that are high enough to be out of their reach.
Another solution is a wrist band called “Safety Turtle”. This a small wrist band that is worn by a child and as soon as it touches water it sets off an alarm.
There are lots of other things to do around your pool to keep it safe.
If you’re going to have food or refreshments around the pool, look at plastic plates and glasses.
If you want to listen to the radio, make sure that the extension cord and radio do not reach the water.
Also, keep your deck area clean and uncluttered. This will help prevent people and animals from accidentally falling into the pool.
If you have any questions about pool safety please feel free to give me a call at 403-502-5082.