11 Summer Safety Tips

From spoiled food to buggy backyards, a little planning will keep your holiday weekend problem-free.



2. Pool Peril

The problem: Your pool guests have a tendency to use it as a toilet.

Solve it: One in five people admit to peeing in public pools; there’s no guarantee they won’t treat your pool the same way. Nevertheless, dousing your pool with extra chlorine won’t help, as it can react with the ammonia in urine to form hazardous disinfection by-products. Make sure you take kids out of the water regularly for bathroom breaks, and maybe a helpful sign will deter the loose-bladdered adults from going in the deep end instead of walking to the powder room.

Since Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of pool season, it’s a good time to double-check a few other safety features; for instance, fences that keep young children out of your pool, and drain covers that prevent kids from getting entangled or trapped by a pool drain’s suction. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 54 percent of pool-related injuries between 2007 and 2009 involving children younger than 15 occurred at a home pool or spa.