Swimming pools are an absolute blast! Every kid’s dream is to have a full pool in their own backyard. As fun as they are, though, pools can also be dangerous and scary without proper safety features put into place.
We’ve all heard, too often, of tragic accidents that happen in home pools. Those stories make it tempting to fill in the pool completely, but on the other hand, the fun of the pool makes it hard to actually do.
Instead of filling in the pool, follow and implement these safety tips to make it more enjoyable while allowing you peace of mind.
- Install a safety fence. Installing a 4-foot fence around the perimeter of your pool will help keep children from getting in when they shouldn’t.
- Install a safety cover. As an extra precaution, installing a safety cover will help prevent children from falling in and accidentally drowning if they get through the fence and are playing by the pool.
- Install alarms. There are numerous alarms that you can install to alert you when someone breaches the perimeter of the pool, sits on the edge of the pool, opens the gate, or even wearable alarms that will alert you when the person wearing the alarm gets in.
- Install anti-slip tape or coat the deck. Even if your pool deck is typically dry, it can be easy for children (and even adults) to slip and get injured, or fall into the pool and drown. Installing anti-slip tape or coating the deck with an anti-slip solution can help prevent serious injury and/or tragedy.
- Keep the water clean and clear of debris. Contaminated water can cause infections if you swim with open wounds. If there’s debris in the water, you or a member of your family could end up with an injury from your swim.
- Keep safety equipment near the pool. You can take all of the precautions possible, but it doesn’t mean someone won’t fall in. Keeping safety equipment like life rings and safety hooks near the pool can help you be prepared in case of an emergency.
- Set rules and boundaries. Sit down and have a discussion with your kids, their friends, and any visitors to your home. Set pool rules and boundaries. This can help kids keep safety on the brain while playing in or around the pool.
- Increase adult supervision. It’s probably not practical for you to pay a lifeguard to be on duty at your pool all the time. You can increase adult supervision, though. Make sure that a responsible adult is in or near the pool, keeping an eye on swimmers at all active swimming times.
- Ensure all household members can properly swim. Even the best of swimmers can get tired out, but making sure that all members of your household have been taught how to swim and can swim effectively can help reduce the risks of an accident.
Pools are a fun feature that should be able to be enjoyed, not cause stress, worry, and anxiety.