Drowning doesn’t just happen out on open water. It also can happen in the backyard of anyone with a pool. Having a pool comes with a huge responsibility: taking certain measures helps make sure that everyone stays safe.
Especially with children. Considering that swimming is one of the most popular recreational activities in the United States, it’s no wonder that it’s popular for adolescents. But what are the best ways to keep pool users safe?
Any homeowner can kid-proof a pool. It just takes a little extra work, and once it’s done, having that help can prevent some pretty big accidents from happening.
Put Fences or Gates Around the Pool
Pools should always have some kind of fencing around the designated swimming area. A four-sided pool fence that completely separates the house from the yard should at least be four feet high.
Having self-closing and self-latching gates that are higher up also helps keep from small children getting into a pool area unsupervised. If you want additional help, consider getting alarm systems or automatic door locks. That way if someone happens to leave the pool and fails to close the gate, it won’t inevitably be left open.
Keep the Deck Clear
The next step is to clear the deck and pool of any extra toys. Leaving stuff lying around is an easy way for an accident to happen. Any floats, balls and other toys from the pool should always be properly stored. Not only can someone slip and fall, but leaving toys laying around can entice children to try and get into the area.
Use a Pool Cover
Purchase a pool cover for when the pool isn’t being used. Not only will the cover help keep your pool clean over time, but it will also prevent from anyone trying to jump in there or falling in accidentally. This is also great if you have pets who like to swim.
Block Access to Equipment and Chemicals
Making sure that pool equipment isn’t easily accessible by children is also helpful. Pool heaters, filters and other equipment should be behind all fencing. If you own pool chemicals, make sure they are safely stored and locked away in a designated space.
Perform Regular Upkeep
If the pool area needs repair, ensure there’s no damage. Upkeeping the pool means that it’s going to be that much more secure.
Know What to Do in an Emergency
The last thing to do in order to kid-proof a pool is to prepare for if an accident does happen. Someone should always know CPR and an extensive first-aid kit with life-saving equipment should be readily available.