Swimming Pool Safety

Don’t “Swim at Your Own Risk”

If you’re one of the lucky ones with a backyard swimming pool, you know the hours of endless fun and relief from the heat it can provide friends and family. But like many other summer toys, a pool comes with risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of over 370 children die each year in pool- or spa-related drownings.

It’s imperative to take the proper safety measures.

Go beyond basic barriers. The American Red Cross advises installing a fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate around your pool that’s at least 4 feet high. Consider investing in a pool alarm that sounds if anyone enters the area and a pool safety cover.

Check your drain. While most modern pools are sold with proper anti-entrapment drains, if they become broken or dislodged, it puts even the strongest swimmer at risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends making sure your drain is equipped with a drain cover that is compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007.

Keep a “lifeguard” on duty. Always designate a responsible adult to keep an eye on swimmers — especially children. An accident can happen in a split second, so having someone who’s alert and ready to act in an emergency is vital.

Stock up on life-saving equipment. Life rings and reaching poles should be nearby and easy to grab in case of emergency. 

Enforce the rules. Yeah, we get it — it’s not always fun to follow them, but pool rules should be non-negotiable. It’s a good idea to post “No Diving” and “No Running” signs around your pool, and to always have a comprehensive first-aid kit at the ready. It’s also a great idea for everyone who lives in your home to learn the proper way to administer CPR and first-aid.


We’re no strangers to fun in the sun at Grinnell Mutual, but we’re big fans of playing it safe. Our Home-Guard® insurance can offer you the coverage you need with additional options and serious savings — it’s our way of promising you a secure tomorrow.

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