At the Donnelly Group, we work with a lot of people who are relocating to Arizona. They trust us to help them find their new home in the Valley of the Sun. Many folks who move to Arizona from out of state are shocked by just how intense our summer heat can be, and many of them have never owned a home with a pool, so pool safety is always something to stress to families.

Although summer officially starts in June, in Arizona, summertime weather begins much earlier with April temperatures in the 90s and climbing to the 100s in early May. As the summer sun beckons us to lakes & pools, it’s essential to remember that while water provides endless fun and refreshment, it also demands respect and caution. Summer water safety isn’t just about knowing how to swim; it’s about understanding the risks and taking proactive measures to ensure a fun and safe aquatic experience for everyone.

Moving to Arizona? Make Pool Safety a Priority

According to, Arizona ranks #1 in the number of pools per capita in the U.S.* Consequently, pool safety is a high priority. Vigilant supervision is key, as most child drownings occur in backyard pools. Arizona has specific requirements for pool barriers** and many cities have additional pool barrier requirements. It’s important to be familiar with the statutes that govern the pool barriers in your community. 

Tips for Pool Safety & Supervision:

  • Have the proper pool barriers in place, including fencing and self-latching devices on all doors with access to the pool.
  • Don’t keep toys, tricycles, or other playthings in the pool area.
  • Remove any item that a child could use to climb over the pool barrier.
  • Don’t be distracted by phone calls, doorbells, or chores while children are in the pool. Remember that tragedy can strike in just a few minutes.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons or “floaties” to protect your children.
  • Don’t prop gates open.

Enjoy our Beautiful Lakes…Safely

Arizona has a number of lakes that attract Arizonans during the warm weather, both up north in the mountains and down here in and around the valley. Boating, skiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, or swimming are all activities to be enjoyed. Water safety is important in these scenarios as well. The following are some tips to keep in mind when enjoying Arizona’s lakes.

  • Swim smart & know your limits.  Even strong swimmers can encounter unexpected challenges, such as sudden fatigue and cramps. Don’t overestimate your swimming abilities. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment, but pushing yourself too hard can lead to exhaustion or even worse.
  • Keep a watchful eye around children at all times. Stay within arms reach of young or inexperienced swimmers. 
  • Equip yourself with the right gear. Life jackets are essential. Make sure they fit properly and are worn consistently, especially in open water and while boating. 
  • Be weather wise. Stay informed on weather conditions. Summer storms can roll in swiftly bringing lightning, strong winds, and rough waters. If you hear thunder, get out of the water. Lightning poses a significant risk for swimmers.

Lastly, be prepared for emergencies. Learn CPR and basic water rescue techniques so you can spring into action if needed. Keep a fully stocked first aid kit nearby and know how to use it.

By practicing these summer water safety tips, you can enjoy the season’s aquatic adventures with confidence, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the water.

Contact the Donnelly Group

If you are moving to Arizona and looking for the perfect home, call the Donnelly Group at 480-792-9700. Our experienced team can help you find the perfect home in the perfect area for you and your family, with or without a pool!

Contact our team today; we will help you through the entire process from start to finish.