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    New Pool Owner...

    I don't know if this is the right section for this but..

    I just bought a house that came with a fairly large pool/sp. Never had a pool before but I got an excellent deal on the house but I'm finding the pool a lot of work, lol :P I didn't put much thought into the pool but for the last 3 days I've been working turning it from a nasty green pool to a clean pool and I think I'm doing alright. Someone's been helping me a little and it's a cloudy blue now so that's good I guess. The whole thing was a mess (took a day or two to get the pump running and figuring out how to work everything... it was a short sale so I like got NO info on the pool at all aside from, "it works". Luckily, my dad knew someone with a similar pool filter/system. Anyway... headache but should be alright and it's starting to look nice so I'm happy.

    Anyway... the part I'm starting to become concerned about is kids. I don't have any kids myself. I don't live in the house right now, I stop by everyday but currently just working on fixing it up. But I've noticed there are kids EVERYWHERE in the neighborhood. Maybe I'm starting to become a little paranoid but... what do I need to do to keep my self from getting in trouble if something happens? I would feel absolutely terrible but I don't wanna have to worry about getting in trouble for a kid or some idiot sneaking in for a swim and getting hurt/killed.

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: New Pool Owner...

    Welcome to TFP!

    A fence with a locked gate is pretty mandatory. Beyond that there isn't a whole lot you can do. Some people use motion sensing alarms, but they tend to have false positives and annoy the neighbors.
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    Aug 2010
    Dallas, TX

    Re: New Pool Owner...

    My dogs wouldn't let kids into my yard. One of them hates kids. Seems to be a pretty good deterrent for me.

    My yard has a 4' chain link fence (luckily we can't see it because I hate the appearance). In other words, kids could get into my yard very easily, not counting the dogs of course. One gate is locked, one has some sort of a gate I assume is a requirement if you have a pool. It's not locking, but it is self-closing and has a magnetic latch, and the release is high enough and complex enough that a small child would not be able to open it.

    My recommendation is talk to your insurance company and see what they require. Mine said what I have is enough, but I've heard of others that have higher requirements.
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