Are You Inviting a Tragedy, or Do You Have Swimming Pool Safety Rules?

Owning a swimming pool can be a wonderful thing!  Enjoying your family and friends, relaxing and playing in and around the pool, and admiring the beauty of a good pool are all the benefits owning a pool can provide.  However, take a moment to consider swimming pool safety, before a preventable accident or tragedy happens.  By using appropriate safety measures and establishing rules for your entire family and your friends about the swimming pool, you could make sure you’re enjoying your pool for years to come.  These measures could include safety barriers around the pool, door alarms leading to the pool, power safety covers, and rules regarding access and behavior around the pool.

Any single measure could fail to protect a child or adult from accidental drowning, but by using many measures, and common sense, most accidental drowning could be prevented.  First, consider how to limit access to the pool for swimming pool safety, so that unattended children or unauthorized adults aren’t using the pool unsupervised.  This should include a fence or other barrier around the pool, limiting access.  Such a fence or barrier should be at least 54 inches high, with no gap exceeding four inches.  A chain-link fence should not have diamond gaps larger than an inch-and-a-half, to limit climbing the fence.  Gates or doors should be self-closing and self-latching, and the latches should be high enough to be out of a child’s reach.

If your home will be one or more sides of the barrier, you should strongly consider audible door alarms on any door leading to the pool.  Such an alarm should trigger if the door is opened unexpectedly.  A good option is that the alarm can be disabled for a single opening of the door by a switch or keypad, but the switch or keypad should be out of reach of children.  A power cover over the pool is also a good swimming pool safety feature that will protect both children and adults from accidentally falling in to the pool.

Lastly, rules regarding access to the pool should be established.  For example, no child should use the pool unattended, and an adult should be in the pool with them, rather than watching passively from the side, or worse yet, from inside the house.  If a child goes missing, the pool should be the first place you check.  Baby sitters should be instructed on pool safety rules, and you should tell the sitter in no uncertain terms if the children have access to the pool while the babysitter is in charge.  Swimming pool safety is not simply common sense – it’s something you need to consider ahead of time and never forget, or you’re inviting tragedy.

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  1. Adriana says:

    thanks for share!

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