Did you know that Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children age four and younger, and most of the deaths are preventable?

With summer in full swing, it's important to ensure that your own private home swimming pool is safe, secure, and sanitary.

Safety

To prevent accidental drownings, all swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas - regardless of when they were constructed - are required to have the proper fencing and safety barriers installed.

Secure

If a pool enclosure has an access gate, it must also be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching locking device. Homeowners can reduce their safety risk and avoid enforcement action by checking their functional access gate to ensure it meets the local standards.

Sanitary

A clean swimming pool is a must. Pollen, leaves, and other organic material can transform a backyard oasis into a murky, green lagoon if not properly maintained. To prevent this from happening, residents should maintain pools and spas year-round and remove standing water from the top of the pool and spa covers. Doing so will prevent mosquitoes, bacteria, and germs from breeding.

Keeping everyone safe

Whether you swim at home or at a public pool, it's everyone's responsibility to be pool safe. If you witness a code violation at any swimming pool in unincorporated Hillsborough County, call Code Enforcement at (813) 274-6600.