Tips for Ensuring Your Pool Remains Safe
There’s no doubt about the fact that adding a pool to your property will result in a lot of good times. However, as you’re probably aware, pools come with some risks too. Fortunately, if you stay vigilant, you don’t have to worry about anything other than bad weather ruining your time in the water. Here’s the advice you need.
The Cold, Hard Facts
Let’s not sugarcoat that pools can be very dangerous when adults aren’t practicing common sense.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year, around 350 children under the age of five drown in a swimming pool. Many of these are residential ones too. Across the country, drowning remains a leading cause of death for children less than five years of age.
Furthermore, the CPSC estimates that 2,600 other children of the same age need trips to the ER after suffering an incident that involved submersion. Unfortunately, some of these incidents give the children permanent brain damage.
We could go on all day, but hopefully this drives home the point one last time. Pools are as safe as the adults who own them.
Make Access Difficult for Children
One of the reasons children end up injured or worse from pools is because there aren’t actually adults around in the first place. Obviously, it should go without saying that if you have a young child in the pool, you want to be nearby at all times and able to see them.
But what if a child accesses your pool without you knowing? This is why it’s mandatory for all residential pools to be surrounded by a fence. However, another idea is to use pool alarms, which will alert you when someone trespasses. That way even if a child is able to climb over your fence, you’ll still be able to stop them from getting into danger.
Always keep a lock on the gate and put a bell on it too. Just in case you forget to lock it, a child finds the key, or learns the combination, a bell will let you know someone has gotten to the pool.
When not in use, cover your pool up. Doing so will make it easier to keep the pool clean and also dissuade small children from trying to get in.
Teach Your Children to Swim
As soon as possible, you should sign your children up for swimming lessons. Although you probably know how to swim just fine, it’s worth a small investment to have a professional handle teaching your child how to do it. They’ll be able to better assess your child’s abilities and also teach them important safety lessons. Don’t let any child in your pool unless they know how to swim or they’re so young they can wear a flotation device and be accompanied by an adult.
Do the Same with Diving
Whether you have a diving board or not, children are going to dive into your pool. This is a common way they end up getting hurt though. So make sure they learn the basics.
Don’t Stop There
Learning to swim and dive is essential, but those aren’t the only lessons children should know about your pool. It’s also important that you teach them what could happen if they were to fall in, bump their head, etc. Many children don’t think they’re in danger, for example, when they’re reaching down to grab something out of the pool, but slip and end up at risk.
If you own a pool, any time you’ve misplaced a child or one of your neighbors has, rush to it. This may sound overly cautious, but time can make all the difference in these situations.
At the end of the day, most pools never see a true accident. However, if you apply the above advice to yours, you’ll stand a much better chance of making sure your pool remains in that category.