Any recreational activity carries a degree of risk to it. Owning a backyard pool means that the risk doesn’t stop when people climb out. Making sure that everyone understands how to safely use the pool and how to secure it against accidents when not in use, should be a top priority.
Many states with high concentrations of pools (think California, Florida, and other warm-climate areas) have laws requiring safety fences to secure pools from stray children. Drowning is the number one or number two cause of death for children under five in these states. In addition to the fence, there needs to be a standing rule that children are never left unattended anywhere near the pool. Not for a minute. Not for a second. This supervision should include making sure children stay in the shallow part of the pool and that inflatable toys are child-safe.
Other obvious pool safety tips include making sure that all toys are used properly and stored safely when not in use. No running near the pool, as the deck may be slippery. Diving is only allowed if the pool is deep enough (your
Houston pool builder will let you know this during the planning of the pool). Nightime swimming should only be allowed if there is adequate lighting. Lastly, keep track of any chemical treatments of the pool water, as some require the pool to go unused for a certain period of time until the chemical dissolves.