With spring here, many homeowners are eager to start using their swimming pools again. Yet there are hazards associated with pools that you may or may not be aware of. As many as 300 young children have died in backyard swimming pools every year in the U.S. There are also numerous ‘Near Death’ accidents that do not cause death but lead to permanent health damage. For a young infant, just a few minutes alone underwater can lead to instant damage.
Whether you are a new pool owner or have had one for a long time, it can be helpful to review these tips below to protect your children and loved ones. We have created this list based on our own experience and guidelines established by the Red Cross and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). With good safety measures in place, you can enjoy swimming and recreation activities by your pool with peace of mind.
When you’re getting your pool ready to use, it can be helpful to get the pool checked out first before you use it. Get the help of a certified pool inspector to check your pool and ensure that you meet pool safety standards. A pool inspector is different from a home inspector. Next check with your local municipality if you need to have pool fence inspection. Requirements vary by county and state.
Protect your loved ones by installing a well made pool safety fence. Your pool fence must a be minimum of four feet in height and have its own self-closing, self-latching gate. The pool fence should also surround the perimeter of the pool. Check out these guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for their guidelines on safety barriers.
In addition to having a pool safety fence, get a safety pool cover to cover your pool when not in use. This cover keeps out small children and pets. Pool safety covers come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures. We offer custom pool covers at Safety Pool Systems. When you buy your safety pool cover, make sure that it meets the ASTM Standard for safety with a "UL" ("Underwriters Laboratory") Rated Certification.
Next, have a plan in place to supervise kids. Never allow a kid in the pool alone. Keep your children nearby and supervised at all times. Do not leave them unattended even if they are not in the pool as they may wander or fall in by accident. Stay close. Be alert. Watch over your loved ones.
At all times, have one adult present to watch over everyone in the pool. This adult must know how to swim well, how to use the pool safety fence, pool cover and any safety pool equipment. This adult also must have access to a telephone and med kit immediately at all times. Any young or inexperienced swimmer must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket also.
It can be advisable to also get professional training with water orientation course and water safety tips in addition basic water rescue skills, first aid and CPR. You can also teach everyone who swims at your pool some basic safety tips and encourage safe behavior such as no diving, swimming with a buddy, walking around the pool or staying away from drain covers.
When a child is missing, check the pool first. Actively keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings. Finally, share your pool safety rules anytime you have guests, friends or family over.
Keep your pool safety equipment up to date. If you have a pool cover that is older than 10 years, it is advisable to get it replaced. Also if the cover is worn out with deteriorating treads, it is time to replace your pool cover. For your pool safety fence, make sure the self-latching mechanism works smoothly and fast and that there are no holes or rust anywhere along the fencing. Some home owners invest in one item alone, but it advisable to have both a pool safety cover and pool cover in place.
Finally, keep your pool well maintained with fresh water. With these tips above, you can enjoy swimming in your pool with your children and loved ones safely all season long!
Contact Pool Safety Systems to get a custom quote for your specific pool size dimensions and needs.