Summer is upon u! A quick dip in the soothing waters of the swimming pool will do a great job of cooling off every member of your family (including your youngest). It becomes a central family activity during such hot times of the year. Speaking of the young, you may be concerned about your kids’ safety around the pool and may be wondering the best ways to keep them secure whilst you spend some quality family time near it. As naturally inquisitive creatures, children will not have a high regard for any pool safety rules that you may wish to establish. Logic would state that teach them how to swim as soon as possible. And when you are not around, aim to minimize access to the pool area.
Regardless of this, you must watch your children like a hawk and never take your eyes off them. However, apart from intense visual scrutiny, there are times when you may not be around and may need to take additional precautions to ensure safety around the pool. Fortunately, Willsha Pools who are a Full-Service Pool & Outdoor Living Company serving DFW Metroplex have five important steps you can implement to achieve this objective and thus, enjoy peace of mind.
Lock the Door & Windows
It is possible that you either own an outdoor pool or an indoor one. No matter what the nature of the pool area, you must insert locks to ensure nobody can enter the vicinity. These locks must be unbreakable. It is highly recommended that such strong locks be installed on every door and window that leads to the pool. An unfortunate number of drownings have occurred in the past due to parents not realizing that their children have figured out how to open the door knob and sneak into the pool area. All pet-friendly doors must be locked as well. Kids tend to be small in size and can squeeze in without you knowing. We know it sounds really scary, but is not prevention better than any form of cure?
Put in an Alarm
Here is an additional tip to go along with locks on doors and windows: install an alarm system that will sound off whenever a door or window is disturbed outside normal pool hours. Not only that, an alarm in the pool area will warn you when a child is entering the swimming pool premises without adult supervision or permission.
There is another type of pool alarm that you can consider procuring. It goes off when a weighty object enters the water (such as a human being). This kind of alarm has to be frequently tested to ensure reliability and functionality. Also, you have to be in close proximity to hear it and make it back to the pool in time to rescue or check who is present in the swimming pool. You could also invest in those pool alarms that create a beam of light around the pool if someone enters. However, if the beam fails to launch, then a loud sound will ring out to signal the concerned authorities of the breach.
Cover the Pool
Pool covers are an effective instrument via which you can cut off a child’s access to the swimming pool. Their very design is meant to kids out when used in the correct fashion. Do bear in mind that a pool cover must be able to support weight equivalent to that of an average adult’s. Place the pool cover securely in its position to ensure that nobody can jump in. Hosting a pool party or just having a fun family time frolicking around in the swimming pool? Then, take off the pool cover immediately and toss it aside. This will make sure that nobody gets stuck underneath it.
The one thing you must be conscious off is that if the weather changes from sunny to rainy, rainwater may collect in the cover and will have to be removed immediately. Feel free to pump it or drain the water away. It may surprise you but even mere inches of rainwater in a wet pool cover can prove to be a jeopardy for a child. When you place the pool cover in its place, make sure you lock it once you are away so that nobody can remove it in your absence.
Take Up Swimming Lessons
We spend the first nine months of our lives in water within our mothers’ wombs. As natural water babies, it is never too early to teach your child how to swim. Of course, we do not mean new-borns! Check with your family paediatrician and see what his recommendation is. Children that fall within the age bracket of one to four years are generally considered to be old enough to learn how to swim. Of course, you still need to be around them when they are learning how to swim and even when they become little mermaids within the pool. Get them to wear life preservers or personal flotation devices (such as arms bands) that will keep them above the surface of the swimming pool water.
Put Up A Pool Fence
This is a worthy option to consider. Put up a barrier or fence around your swimming pool along with an entrance gate that can be locked when nobody is around to supervise children. Check with your local town centre and see if there are any regulations or laws in place that guide the installation of domestic and/or residential pool fences. We do recommend that pool fences should be a minimum of five feet in height and not have any spaces in between. You do not want your child trying to squeeze in and getting stuck in the process! That would be as bad! Go a step further and incorporate a sign that says no entrance without adult supervision. If you are one of the smart ones who opt to invest in pool insurance, then your insurance service provider may not even evaluate your application if there is no pool fence installed to ensure maximum child safety.