Pool Safety Equipment
Like the works that run a pool or spa, there is a basic set of equipment for safety and water rescue. At a minimum, you should keep a life (or toss) ring, shepherd’s hook, and rescue tube in good repair and within a few steps of the water. For longer and larger pools, double the set and keep each one at opposite ends of the pool.
While life rings and shepherd’s hooks are made to resist most climate conditions, and therefore can and should — be left out on deck while the pool is open, the vinyl coating of a rescue tube can become brittle and crack if exposed to extreme changes in climate; as such, consider storing it in a weather-resistant box or shed on or near the pool deck and having it on hand only when people are using the pool.