Do you own or operate an indoor pool? This article will provide some important safety tips regarding indoor swimming. Many articles have been written about outdoor pool safety, but indoor pool safety is not as frequently discussed. This is surprising to us, as indoor pools can become quite crowded, especially in the winter time. Indoor pools carry many of the same risks that outdoor pools do, even some risks that might surprise you. Read below to find out more about how you can keep your indoor pool safe for all swimmers.
Look Out For Lightning
Yes, you read that right. When we think about lightning strikes, we imagine outdoor pools. To be fair, lightning strikes are much more common in outdoor pools than indoor pools. That being said, there is a slight risk of lightning related damage indoors, especially in older buildings. That is why many indoor swimming facilities choose to clear the pool during thunderstorms. This protects those facilities from liability, while also protecting the swimmers. So if you are committed to indoor pool safety, you will learn to “look out for lightning.”
Keep The Pool Area Clear Of Toys
Another important safety precaution for indoor swimming is to keep the pool area clear of toys. This can actually be harder to do for an indoor pool than for an outdoor pool. With outdoor pools, people typically have a lot of space to spread out. With indoor pools, this is not the case. Since there is less space, toys and accessories tend to litter the perimeter of the pool. This can cause people (especially young children) to trip and injure themselves. This is why it is so important to always make sure areas outside the pool are clear of objects when they aren’t in use.
Make Sure A Lifeguard Is On Duty At All Times
It is also essential that a lifeguard is on duty at all times. This includes times when it is “adult swim” only. The lifeguard on duty should be fully trained and certified, and ready to spring into action if need be. No one should be allowed to swim in the pool unsupervised. In order to ensure that no one enters the pool unsupervised, keep the entrance to the pool locked after hours.
Post No Running Signs
Running around an outdoor pool is dangerous, and the practice is almost always prohibited. Running around an indoor pool is even more dangerous, as the surface is more slippery than the cement surface often used outdoors. Make sure that signs are posted, and that lifeguards enforce this policy.
Keep The Water Clean And Balanced
Indoor pools are not as susceptible to bugs and debris as outdoor pools. But they are susceptible to germs and other health risks. This is why the water should always be tested and balanced, with the pool being cleaned regularly. In order to ensure that your water is clean, hire an Akron commercial pool company that specializes in servicing indoor pools. They can help you with water testing kits, chemicals, and cleaning supplies.