Winter Pool Safety

Winter pool safety is not as prevalent as its summer counterpart. However, it is still important to be aware of the various dangers of swimming in cold and warm weather.

Winter is a time to be more aware of the dangers of swimming. While it’s tempting to take the plunge and enjoy the cold weather, it’s important to remember that the water can still be dangerous.

During the off-season, be sure to keep an eye out for pets and people wandering around the pool. Also, make sure to secure your pool with a safety cover or a lockable gate. When planning to host guests during the holidays, make sure to keep the pool and other areas of the home safe.

Winter pool safety is a must-do for all types of pools. There are a variety of safety tips that can help keep you and your guests safe.

Winter Safety Based on Pool Type

Portable Pools:

Portable pools should not be left out during winter. The easiest way to keep them safe is to drain them, dry, and then store them.

Portable pool alarms are often not working properly. Also, they are very flexible, which makes them easy to get into and out of.

If you’re in the southern part of the country, or if you regularly use the pool, then you should store it for the winter. It’ll keep its value and be safe for everyone around it.


Above Ground Pools

Steel sided above ground pools are very safe to use during the winter season.

  • Remove any items in the backyard that could be used as a step.
  • Remove or lock any ladders connected to an attached pool deck.
  • If the pool deck is attached to the house, install a secondary safety fence to prevent access to the pool.
  • If you have a complete surround deck, install a safety cover.


Inground Pools

Winter is a great time to get your inground pool area ready. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

  • Inspect your fence regularly for needed repairs during winter.
  • Lock any gates that are not used frequently.
  • If using a solid winter cover w/ water bags (pictured right), you can still use a pool alarm to alert you to water disturbances.
  • Keep solid pool covers pumped off, clean, and over-weighted.
  • When possible, install a safety cover.


This post was originally published on InTheSwim Blog


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