Swimming pools are a great addition to any manufactured home community, providing residents with a great way to stay cool and active during the hot summer months. However, owning and operating a pool also comes with a certain level of risk and liability. To minimize these risks, it’s important to take proactive measures to ensure the safety of everyone who uses your community’s pool. Here are some tips to help you reduce risk and liability at your manufactured home community’s pool.
Establish Clear Rules and Guidelines
It’s important to set the rules and guidelines for pool use. This includes things like pool hours, proper attire, and behavioral expectations. Post these rules in a visible location near the pool and make sure that all residents are aware of them. Consider holding a meeting or sending out a newsletter to remind residents of these rules and the importance of following them.
Rules to post on your signage:
- No Running
- No Diving
- No Glass Containers
- Children under the age of 4 must wear a swimmer diaper
- Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
- No pets allowed in the pool area
- Exit the pool if it is thundering or lightening
- No Alcoholic Beverages
- In case of injury or emergency, call 911
Maintain Proper Pool Chemistry and Maintenance
Maintaining proper pool chemistry and maintenance is critical for the health and safety of pool users. Make sure that the pool is regularly tested and treated to ensure that the water is safe and free from harmful bacteria. Additionally, be sure to keep the pool area clean and well-maintained to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and other accidents.
Install Proper Safety Equipment
Proper safety equipment, such as life rings, rescue poles, and first aid kits, should be readily available near the pool. Consider installing safety signage to remind residents of the location of this equipment and how to use it in case of an emergency.
Enforce Age Restrictions and Supervision Requirements
To reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, it’s important to enforce age restrictions and supervision requirements for pool use. Children should always be supervised by an adult, and young children should be required to wear flotation devices.
By following these tips, you can help minimize the risk and liability associated with owning and operating a pool in your manufactured home community. Contact us today to learn about insurance policies for your manufactured home community, including those that would cover your community’s swimming pool.