Making the decision to design your own custom pool can be exciting. You get your very own pool, just the way you want it with all the features to make it perfect for you. Of course, as fun as pools are, it’s important to realize that any pool has the potential to be dangerous. As a soon-to-be pool owner, it’s your responsibility to make it as safe as you can. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to build safety into your pool’s design from the beginning.
Many private pools have varying levels of depth at different points. Usually it’s as simple as having a shallow end and a deep end. If you’re a strong swimmer, that’s probably of no concern to you. There’s a pretty good chance that not everyone who uses your pool will be a strong swimmer though. Mark the depth of your pool in order to protect people who may not be able to safely swim in deeper water. You can use markings on the side edges of the pool at different depths. It can also help to have a visual marker on the floor of the pool to indicate where the shallow part stops and the deep part begins.
Handrails matter for accessibility and for safety. They can help people who have limited mobility access the pool, and can reduce the risk of slipping and falling for everyone who uses them correctly. There are a few different styles of handrails for pools. Which one is best for your pool will depend on the design of your pool and where they are located along it.
Pick Your Location Carefully
Hopefully you’ve put some careful thought into where you’re having your pool installed on your property. There are laws and regulations that govern where you can and cannot place your pool, so make sure you’re familiar with those. They may be frustrating at times, but they are there to keep everyone safe. Abiding by them will not only help you avoid costly fees and the need to make changes, but they’ll also help you make sure your pool is safer.
Designing your pool to be safe is one of the best things you can do to be a responsible pool owner. In addition to adding safety features like handrails and being careful about where you choose to place your pool, make sure you have a fence around it that will restrict access to those who shouldn’t be using it. Check the local ordinances that govern private pools so you can make sure that you’re in compliance with them.
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