7 Potentially Hazardous Items to Keep Away from a Swimming Pool

Swimming pools – residential, at resorts and hotels, in health clubs, and at public venues – provide hours of enjoyable (and healthy) entertainment for millions of people every day during the summer months. There are some inherent risks associated with swimming pools. Potential dangers associated with swimming pools can be reduced by keeping seven potentially hazardous items away from a swimming pool.

These seven items that should be kept at a safe distance from a swimming pool are:


Glass can easily break and cause injuries, which is why it is important to avoid using glassware near a swimming pool. Instead, opt for plastic or metal cups and containers. This will help to prevent injuries from broken glass. Taking this approach also reduces the risk of glass getting into the pool water.

Electrical Devices

Electrical devices such as radios and speakers can be extremely dangerous – even deadly – if they come into contact with water. Make sure to keep them away from the pool area. If you do need to use electrical devices near the pool, make sure they are specifically designed for outdoor use and are placed in a safe location – as far away from the water as possible.


Pool chemicals such as chlorine and other pool-related chemicals can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled. They can also cause injury to a person’s skin. Keep these chemicals out of reach of children and away from the pool area. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using pool chemicals and store them in a safe place.

Toys with Sharp Edges

Toys with sharp edges such as diving sticks and toys with points should not be used in the pool area. They can cause injuries if swimmers accidentally come into contact with them. Consider softer toys or toys made specifically for use in the pool.

Food and Drinks

While it may be tempting to enjoy some snacks and drinks by the pool, it is important to keep them away from the water. Spilled food and drinks can attract insects and create a slipping hazard. Keep food and drinks in a designated area away from the pool.

Flammable Items

Flammable items such as candles, matches, and lighters should never be used near a swimming pool. They can easily ignite and cause a fire. If you want to create a relaxing atmosphere around the pool, consider using battery-operated candles or other flameless alternatives.

Cleaning Equipment

Pool cleaning equipment, including vacuums and skimmers, can be dangerous if not used properly. Keep them away from the pool area when not in use. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when using pool cleaning equipment and store it in a safe place.

In summary, swimming pools are a great way to beat the heat and have fun during the summer months. However, it is important to take proper safety measures to prevent accidents and injuries. This includes:

  • Keeping potentially hazardous items away from the pool area
  • Regularly maintaining your pool
  • Practicing proper hygiene and sanitation

Protect Your Legal Rights After an Aquatic or Swimming Pool Accident

If you happen to sustain an injury at a public, health club, or hotel pool – or even a pool at someone else’s residence – you do need to be aware of your legal rights. The first step in understanding your legal rights is to schedule a case evaluation and initial consultation with an experienced attorney from the Doan Law Firm by calling our offices at (800) 349-0000. We keep our aquatic accident telephone line staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including all major holidays.

We can arrange an initial consultation at any one of our 40 offices located across the country. We can also schedule a virtual case evaluation online as well. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.

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