Posted on August 16, 2022 at 10:55 AM by Hannah Behl
It’s summertime again! Pools are open, the decks are loaded and grills are cooking! Here are a few tips to help keep your summertime fun and safe:
- Make sure the pedestrian gates in the barrier fence are self-closing and self-latching. Other gates should be equipped with a locking device and should be kept locked. All gates should swing outwards away from the pool.
- Remove all chairs, tables, large toys or other objects closely spaced that would allow a child to climb up to reach the gate latch or enable the child to climb over the pool isolation fence. Chain link fences should have a mesh opening 1 ¾” or less. Repair any opening in fencing that would allow the passage of a 4” sphere or greater.
- Reaching and throwing aids like poles should be kept on both sides of the pool. These items should remain stationary and not be misplaced through play activities.
- All pool and hot tub drains (suction outlets) must have a cover or grate that meets industry standard for suction fittings marked to indicate compliance with ANSI/ASME A112.19.8 2007 (Suction fittings for use in swimming pools, wading pools, spas and hot tubs) or the successor standard ANSI/APSP/ICC 16-2017 (Suction outlet fitting assemblies for use in pools, spas, and hot tubs). Check to see that covers are not broken or in disrepair, and that they are anchored firmly over the drain openings. The pool should be closed immediately when broken, missing or noncompliant suction outlet drain covers are first noticed.
- Install a pool alarm to detect accidental or unauthorized entrance into the pool area. While the alarm provides an immediate warning, it is not a good substitute for barrier fences, and door alarms.
- Completely inspect all railings including guardrails and handrails for loose connections. Railings should not move laterally more than 3/16” or support 200 lbs. per lineal foot.
- Perform a detailed inspection on the ledger board connection to the rim joist. One mechanical connector is required within 12” of each end of each ledger board (Lateral resistance).
- Check all beam-to-post connections for separation, rotting wood and large cracks.
- Place all grills away from siding, deck railings and out from underneath eaves and overhanging branches. Do not use grills in garage, porch or enclosed area that could trap carbon monoxide. Never grill on top of anything that could easily burn.
- Keep children away from grills when in use. Establish a safety zone around the grill and instruct the children to remain outside the zone. Never leave the grill unattended.
- When grilling have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or several gallons of water close by in case of a fire.
Most backyard injuries occur around pools, decks and grills, please keep it safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.