How to Keep Your Above-Ground Pool Secure
The risk of accidents may seem lower with your above-ground pool, but taking the right safety precautions with your above-ground is just as important as with in-ground pools. With summer getting into full swing, it’s more important to make sure that your pool is a safe environment for your family and neighbors. There are a number of additions you can make to your pool that will increase its safety and help you enjoy your pool more fully.
Build a Deck – In addition to hiding the frame of your above-ground pool and giving easier access to the pool, a deck can have a number of safety benefits. A deck removes the need to climb a ladder to get in the water, which can be a major slipping hazard after a refreshing dip. It is also much easier for kids or tired swimmers to pull themselves up onto a full deck, rather than having to squirm over the edge of the pool wall.
Enclose the pool area – One of the most important and easiest ways to secure your pool is to install a pool fence around the entire pool area. A pool barrier fence is one of the easiest ways to make sure your kids, pets or neighborhood kids don’t wander into your pool by accident. To properly secure your pool, make sure the fence encloses the entire pool, pool deck and any stairs that lead to the pool area.
Step up – If you are currently using the regulation ladder to get in and out of your pool, you may want to consider adding steps to lead into the pool. In-pool staircases are a low-cost option that will increase safety, make it easier for tired swimmers to get out of the pool and will give you a nice place to sit and soak without jumping all the way in.
Add a pool alarm – There are a variety of pool alarm systems available, but most will work the same. You attach the alarm to the top of the pool rail and it will detect when anything child-sized or larger enters the pool, setting off a loud alarm in both the house and the pool. The alarm is easy to deactivate when you’re using the pool, but it is a great way to keep your pool secure. It may seem like an annoyance to constantly manage your alarm, but you’ll never have to worry about your children falling into the pool when you’re not with them.
In addition to these steps, you should also make sure your pool has adequate hand rails and safety signs so pool guests know how to act in the pool. The most important thing is to make sure that all swimmers have safe ways to get in and out of the pool and to prevent unsupervised entry into the pool. With these simple tips, you can enjoy your above-ground pool carefree this summer!
Michael James is a freelance writer for New American Funding, a direct mortgage lender licensed in 21 states, including Texas home loans, which helps homeowners save money on their mortgages.