Know dangers of backyard pools

By on July 13, 2009

American Leak Detection encourages pool safety with tips for proper pool maintenance
There may be no activity more synonymous with summer fun than the “splish, splash” of swimming in a backyard pool.

Unfortunately, however, there are hazards lurking in and around most pools that area families often overlook. In order to keep pool safety top of mind, American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois is offering local residents tips to prevent pool-related injuries. Whether you have a pool and spa or your family enjoys cooling off in a community pool, this information shouldn’t be missed.

“People tend to think that proper swimming skills can keep them safe when they’re enjoying a swim, but the reality is that there are dangers hiding within the mechanical components of the pool,” said Paul Roe, owner of American Leak Detection Serving Northern Illinois. “In particular, improperly maintained drains in swimming pools and spas can lead to serious injuries and even death. When it comes to protecting your loved ones, there are essential steps that need to be taken to ensure a pool does not pose any threats.”

Roe notes that while people of all ages and sizes are susceptible to the dangers of faulty pool drains, young children tend to be at the highest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one in four drowning victims are children age 14 and younger. For every child who has died from drowning, another four have received emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

“The summer season is a carefree time of year, but that does not mean that area residents should take a carefree approach to proper pool maintenance,” said Roe. “In addition to following these tips, adults must remember to supervise children at all times when they are in the pool. Rescue equipment and a phone to use in case of an emergency should also be on-hand.”

For more information about American Leak Detection, serving Northern Illinois, call (815) 652-1000.

Safety precautions
• Replace old flat drain covers and never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover.
• For public pools, install anti-vortex drain covers. A simple retrofit to install anti-entrapment covers will protect both children and adults from body and hair entrapment in the suction outlets.
• Have a professional regularly inspect the pool or spa for entrapment or entanglement hazards. Ask them to clearly mark the location of the electrical cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump.
• Install a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) to automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected.
• If someone is trapped against a drain, immediately turn off the pump. Pry a hand between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction.