It is pool season and everyone is happy to have something to do outside of the house. You can make sure you are prepared for a safe summer by evaluating these three pool ownership concerns.
About 30 children a year are lost to drownings in Arizona. As a result, the State of Arizona and most of its counties and cities have passed swimming pool barrier laws. Although those laws vary from location to location, every pool must be enclosed by a fence to restrict access from an adjoining property. This includes requirements regarding height, type of fence, gates, and windows and doors in the home that lead to the pool area.
Talk to your real estate agent when making an offer on a house with a pool. They can provide you with a notice regarding pool barrier regulations.
You can get more information at AZdhs.gov and AZleg.gov/ars/36/01681.htm
POOL CHEMICAL STORAGE
Having a pool is a luxury and responsibility. Improperly stored pool chemicals can create dangerous chemical reactions. All it took for one local homeowner was a bag of shock with a little tear to coming into contact with weed killer for a fire to ignite!
Follow these critical tips to keep yourself and your home safe:
- Always follow chemical label instructions
- Store chemicals in the package or container it came in
- Store in a cool, well-ventilated location
- Store in a dry location
- Store separately from other chemicals
- Prevent fire hazards by keeping away from grills, gasoline, and lawnmowers
- Use separate measuring cups for various chemicals
Get more information at epa.gov.
ADEQUATE HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
Most homeowners invite other family and guests to their home to cool off in the pool. Contact your insurance provider to make sure you are covered in the case of an injury. Many recommend an umbrella policy to supplement underlying limits to your current policy. Once you know you are adequately covered, let the good times roll.