Make your pool safe for kids!
Securing your pool becomes an extremely important factor when there are children in the family. What are the basic rules that must be followed to ensure a child's safety around the pool area?

Adults should actively monitor their kids while they are in the pool. For infants and toddlers, adults must be in the water and at arm's length. Older children will need constant attention and the adult should not be distracted by phone calls, chores, or substance abuse such as alcohol. First and foremost, the adult looking after the child must be able to swim and these aspects may hinder that ability.

Important rules to keep in mind:

  1. Keep toys away from the pool when not in use
  2. Do not let children play with toys with wheels which can slide into the pool
  3. Do not leave electrical appliances near the pool
  4. Do not dive into the pool where the depth may not be sufficient
  5. Do not run on tracks around the pool

Pool safety fencing:

Pools are very eye-catching for children; even if you don't allow them near it, the child may find ways to attend to their curiosity. They may crawl out of the window at home, through a doggy door exit or escape through the backyard. To prevent these occurrences, the most effective solution would be a fence that completely surrounds the pool or spa. In conjunction with the constant supervision of an adult, a safety fence is the best way to protect your child and other children of families who may visit in the future.

Installation requirements:

Fencing should be stable, no less than 4 feet, and nothing should be near the perimeter of the fencing. For example, furniture, stairs, etc., can assist a child with climbing into the pool so these must be avoided.

Fencing should be no more than 4 inches between the vertical slats, so garden fences are not recommended as they are fairly easy to climb.

For gates, a strong latch and lock system should be installed. T0he latch must also be higher than the child can get - about 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.

For above ground pools, always keep children away from stairs and ladders. When the pool is not in use, it is necessary to block or remove the ladder to prevent access by children.

A helpful addition may be an automatic cover (a cover operated by a switch to prevent children from falling inside) or covers for the pool, which should cover the entire pool so that the child won't be able to slip under them. Make sure that there is no water on top of the pool cover and keep in mind that a floating solar cover will not cover securely.

 

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