While it is mandatory in many countries to have a pool fence that is of a certain height and quality, many pool owners take pool safety for granted, assuming that things will never happen to them. Of course this is a dangerous mentality to have because it only takes a split second for tragedy to strike. Regardless of what age children you have, it is imperative that you take the following security steps to make sure that the pool is respected for what it is and enjoyed safely.
Have a decent fence
In terms of preventative safety measure, a pool fence is your first line of defense, particularly if you have smaller children. Make sure that the gate is not easy to climb, and that any gate that is in reach of little hands is secured with a decent lock and latch system. The gate is the weakest point of the fence as children can open it so invest in something worthwhile. Also if you have the option, try and get a fence that is animal proof too – pets are also at risk in an unsafe pool environment.
Create the right mentality
At the end of the day, your pool is a place for you to relax and enjoy your family and friends. But it is a magnet for danger. Apart from the risk of people falling in, there is always that child who wants to jump off the roof into the pool, or ride their bicycle in. Set up rules, and be strict about them.