There aren’t many better ways to beat the heat than diving into a swimming pool in your own backyard. But to no one’s surprise, an open body of water can present safety hazards if not handled correctly. This is particularly true for families with small children. For a truly safe and enjoyable pool experience, there are a few safety measures you should take.
Swimming Pool Safety
For an adult, a swimming pool is a relaxing place to hang out and get some exercise. On the other hand, a poorly designed pool can be a dangerous place for an unprepared child. Keep your family safe with these pool safety precautions:
- Swimming lessons
- Install pool safety features
- Supervise kids in the pool
1) Swimming Lessons
When was the last time your kids took swimming lessons? Ensuring they know how to handle themselves in water will help them stay safe in the pool. Of course, current conditions mean that swimming lessons either aren’t happening or have to be significantly modified for safety’s sake. Get in touch with your local swimming instructor to see what you can do.
2) Install Pool Safety Features
Even a private backyard pool has to follow legal safety guidelines. For instance, your pool needs to be enclosed in a fence at least 4 feet high to prevent children from falling in. The gate on this fence must self-close and self-lock and be well secured when closed. The gate and any other potential entrances into the pool (such as a window) must be fitted with alarms that go off when someone tries to access the pool without your permission. Finally, make sure your pool drains are fitted with drain covers to prevent anyone or anything from being pulled underwater by the suction.
Pro Tip: Keep a lifesaving device and other emergency equipment near your backyard pool in case of emergency.
3) Supervise Kids in the Pool
Remember that kids are kids and prone to accidents. No matter how confident you are in your children’s swimming abilities and your pool safety features, supervise your kids whenever they use the backyard pool. Fast intervention in an emergency could save a life.
Enjoy Your Pool!
Taking a few steps to protect young children in the pool is more than worth it. With a few inexpensive additions and planning, you can ensure your kids will enjoy their time in the pool and stay safe in the process.
Contact us for more information on swimming pool safety and design.