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Conduct a Pre-Season Safety Check of Your Backyard Pool and Deck

The long winter is finally over and many homeowners are beginning to think about opening their backyard pool for the summer season.

Before you call your pool cleaning service to prepare your pool,  it’s important that you give your pool and deck area a once over so that you can ensure that they provide a safe and secure environment for your family and friends.

Pre-Season Safety Checklist

Here, then, is a pre-season safety checklist you can use to make sure your pool and deck area are as safe as possible:

  • Walk the perimeter of your deck and check for any loose boards or protruding nails. These should be repaired or replaced immediately.
  • Check the stability of railings, stairs and ladders. If they are not in working order or you aren’t sure they will make it through the season, repair or replace them.
  • Look at the joints and connectors on your deck. Do they look rusty? Are there loose bolts or nails? If so, these should be repaired or replaced right away. Use galvanized steel connectors with screws and nails that are approved for use by the manufacturer.
  • Check the wood on your decking. Is it warped or discolored? If so, it could mean that it’s not pressure treated or naturally durable.
  • How many years has it been since you sealed your deck against water and sun damage? If you can’t remember, it could be time to do it again.
  • Make sure your deck has a continuous load path which transfers the load or weight of the deck through its frame and into the ground or footings and into the adjacent support structure. Usually, this will be your home. A continuous load path better equips your deck to withstand forces that can weaken it.

Spending a few minutes conducting a safety check of your deck and pool area will ensure that everybody will have a fun and enjoyable time playing in your backyard pool this summer.

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