Five Pool Safety Essentials for Parents
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children younger than five. Improve the safety of your backyard pool with these essential tips.
A backyard swimming pool can be a great source of fun and memories for your family, especially in our hot Louisiana climate. Still, when it comes to pool safety and children, you can never be too careful. Drowning is a serious risk, especially for children younger than five, but you can significantly reduce this risk with the right safety measures. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your kids safe when you have a pool.
Create Barriers to Entry
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each barrier between your child and the pool is an additional layer of safety. A barrier can include a latched fence, a safety cover over the pool, or an alarm that sounds when a door opens.
Choose the Right Fence
A fence around the pool should be at least four feet high. The latch and gate must work properly and be kept closed and properly secured at all times. Vertical fence slats should be less than four feet apart. Remove boxes, toys, and other items that a child could use to climb the fence. Make sure the latch is out of a child’s reach.
Install Door Alarms
A child can quickly enter the backyard if left unattended, removing one barrier of safety between him or her and the pool. To help combat this, consider installing a door alarm that will sound automatically when the home’s front or back door is opened. Alarms should be placed out of a child’s reach. A keypad or button allows adults to exit without sounding the alarm.
Use a Power Safety Cover
A power-operated pool cover prevents access to the water when the pool is not in use. Choose a motor-powered model certified for safety by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
Always Be Vigilant
When the pool is in use, an adult should be watching children who are swimming at all times. Make sure you give swimmers your undivided attention. Drowning is silent and happens in just minutes. Although children should have swimming lessons in their toddler years, there is no substitute for adult supervision in the pool area.
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