Tips For Enjoy

Pool Opening Checklist


  • Sort through all pool supplies. Throw away those that are in poor condition.
  • Check the date on chemicals and replace items that have passed their expiration.


  • Pump, hose, or sweep away water, dirt, or debris from the pool cover and then do the same for the pool deck.
  • Carefully remove the cover and clean it. NOTE: Proper cover removal helps keep the pool relatively clear. Allow the cover to dry to prevent mildew and then fold and store it for the summer.
  • Reinstall deck ladders, diving board, and other deck fittings. NOTE: The remainder of the petroleum jelly used to coat exposed metal fittings will need to be wiped clean with a terry cloth towel. Lubricate all bolts on the dive board, ladders, or rails.
  • If the pool water is low, bring it up to normal.


  • Reinstall or reassemble the pump, filter, and other removed items.
  • Raise the underwater lights from the bottom of the pool and install them in their niches.
  • Have the heater professionally serviced before you use it.
  • Remove the plugs and replace return outlet fittings.
  • Check for leaks and proper operation.


  • Restore circuit breakers, switches, and the time clock trippers to normal operating positions.
  • Turn on the electric power and start up the support system.


  • Super chlorinate, or “shock” the pool. Test the pH and total alkalinity and adjust the levels. NOTE: Be sure to check the levels frequently during the first few days until they stabilize.
  • Restart the circulation equipment to further clean the pool. Run the circulation system 24 hours straight for the first three days or until the water has cleared completely. NOTE: Don’t forget to backwash the filter frequently during this time.
  • Vacuum out any debris from the bottom. Retest the water. Treat the water with an algaecide. Do not go into the pool until the water is crystal clear and the chlorine level is under 2.0 ppm.

Pool Safety

Here Are 25 Rules And Tips To Make Sure Everyone Stays Safe

  1. Never swim alone.
  2. No running around the pool.
  3. No rough playing or “dunking”.
  4. No glass containers around the pool.
  5. No bobby pins or metallic objects around the pool.
  6. No long-distance underwater swimming.
  7. Use pool toys with care.
  8. Swim to the floor of the deep end before diving. Dive only when and where it is safe (not on top of swimmers and not in shallow water.)
  9. Children should not use the pool without adult supervision, and the adult should be a competent swimmer.
  10. No electrical appliances or wires should be allowed near the pool.
  11. A first-aid kit should be kept near the pool.
  12. A selected list of emergency telephone numbers should be on hand which includes the nearest available physician, ambulance service, hospital, police, fire and/or rescue unit.
  13. The pool deck should be kept clean and clear of debris. Dirty surfaces can become slippery and can cause accidents.
  14. Be careful with inflatable toys and mattresses. REMEMBER: those items are also deflatable.
  15. Pools are like driving an automobile; they don’t mix well with alcohol. Keep inebriated guests out of the pool.
  16. Allow a meal to “settle” before going into the pool. If you are overly tired, go to bed….. not for a swim.
  17. Swimmers with open sores and infections should not use the pool.
  18. Be careful--do not overexpose yourself to the sun.
  19. Children, particularly, like to use the diving equipment and slide. Give them good supervision and make sure that there is no horseplay. Allow jumping and diving only from the front of the board. Residential pools’ diving boards were not designed for use in Olympic tryouts; keep the dive simple.
  20. There should be a periodic safety and maintenance check for all pool appliances and equipment.
  21. Children should rest periodically to avoid over exhaustion.
  22. Begin teaching your children to swim at the earliest possible age. Until they learn to swim well, teach them to scream in the event they should fall in the water. This will greatly increase the chance of someone hearing them and coming to their rescue.
  23. Learn mouth-to-mouth resuscitation prescribed by the American Red Cross. For more information about these and other life saving techniques, contact your Red Cross chapter for training.
  24. Regularly check gate latches, 2nd springs, and check the batteries in pool alarms to ensure a safe and secure swimming pool.
  25. Always keep floating toys and games out of the pool after being used. Children have a natural tendency to reach for those first.

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