pool safety basics

We’ve all heard that a responsible adult should be no more than an arm’s length away from small children when in a pool. Makes sense, right? The adult can grab them in case they sink and is with them to monitor their every move. This is a great thing to practice, but of course there are many other things that will help keep children safe around your pool.

We start with a cover. If you have a cover, it should cover the entire pool and have no access to the water once it is unfolded. However, beware of pooled water on top of the cover and get rid of it quickly, as this is a drowning hazard in itself. Movable and removable solar covers are not considered pool covers and can have disastrous circumstances if a small child falls on top of one in the pool.

Pool toys are colorful and fun, but once everyone is out of the pool, all the pool toys should be out too. This prevents children from reaching for a toy and finding it in the pool, reaching for it and possibly falling. If the toys are on the lawn there is no problem. Another thing to remember is not to put any riding toys near the pool, children can climb and fall into the pool on the riding toy. These toys do not belong anywhere near the pool area.

Speaking of pool areas, perhaps the biggest security feature is a fence. Must be climb resistant and at least 4′ tall. It should also encompass the entire pool area and have a self-closing gate that cannot be climbed over. Pool fences made from metal links are very easy to climb so you want one with side stats no more than 4″ between each. The harder to climb the better as we want to keep the kids out of the entire area when the pool isn’t being used.

Supervision is key to pool safety, if you know where your children are, you know they are not in the pool area. Having rules from day one about no diving into a shallow pool and no running on the pool deck, and not putting anything electronic near the pool will further teach your children to stay safe in the water. Stay safe and have fun!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *