Owning a backyard swimming pool is great because you can organize pool parties, spend quality time with family and friends and even cool off during summers. However, owning a pool is a serious responsibility because the pool is a potential danger to children, pets and other people who might not be good swimmers. Therefore, securing your pool should be a priority whether you just built it or it is old. Some of the ways you can improve the safety of your pool include the following:
This is one of the ways you are supposed to keep off uninvited people, pets, and children from accessing or wandering near the pool. There are different materials and styles to choose from depending on your budget, location, preference and the type of pool you have in your backyard. Regardless of the materials you choose, there are state and local requirements that you are supposed to adhere to when installing the fence. For instance, the enclosure should surround the entire pool and it should be at least 4 feet tall. To ensure that the gates are always closed, the latched should be self-closing and the latched should be high enough such that children cannot be able to open the gate on their own. As a precautionary measure, the fence should not leave a gap more than 1 foot to discourage kids and pets from crawling into the swimming pool. Finally, the fence should not be easy to climb from either of the sides.
After installing the fence and safety gates, a pool alarm offers additional security. There are two types of alarms that you can invest in: First, you can invest in an alarm that alerts you when the gate is opened or invest in an alarm that alerts you when pool water is disturbed. A gate alarm can also alert you if the gate is left open for a few seconds to ensure that the gate will remain closed at all times and if someone accesses it you will know. A pool alarm on the other end relies on a sensor that detects water displacement in case anything falls into the water. These sensors are very effective because they can detect objects which weigh as little as 18 pounds! The only shortcoming on pool alarms is their range. If you have a large pool, you may have to invest two or more because the sensors have a limited range. Also, you may invest in the two alarms because there are affordable models which are still effective and reliable.
A safety cover is used to cover the entire pool to ensure that nothing will fall in the water. For the cover to be effective, it is held by straps that connect to the brackets that are found on the deck of your pool. If you are considering investing in a safety cover, you can choose between a mesh and a solid cover. Solid safety cover – this type of cover is made from strong plastic that forms a sheet that covers the water surface. Depending on the type of safety cover you will buy, their durability and effectiveness might vary. The drawback of a solid safety cover is drainage. Since the cover does not allow water to pass through (it is very strong and impermeable), it can collect water thus failing to last long. If you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall, this is not an ideal choice. Mesh cover – the cover is made from a strong plastic mesh which allows rain to drain into the pool. Therefore, it does not collect any water if it rains and hence it can last longer than a solid safety cover. However, regardless of the type of cover, you will choose, you need to make sure that it meets the ASTM pool cover standards.
Even if you are a good swimmer, you can find yourself in danger if your clothes, hair or even one of your limbs is trapped in the drain. Therefore, you can buy a drain cover to prevent becoming entangled or being sucked into the drain and getting trapped under water. In addition, if there are pipes or other drains in or around your pool, you should have them covered as a precautionary measure.
Have a rescue kit nearby at all times
You should have a life hook, a life ring, and a rescue tube near you at all times just in case someone s drowning. These rescue equipment should be kept near the pool and in areas that are easily accessible and clearly marked. Make sure that they are checked periodically to ensure they are still there and they are in good condition. You should also have a first aid kit with all the essentials near the pool at all times.
Store all chemicals safely
Pool chemicals are meant to kill disease-causing micro-organisms but they can cause injuries when ingested, mixed improperly or handled without protective gear. Therefore, store these chemicals safely out of reach of children at all times and make sure you read the manufacturers guide before using them. In case of any accidents, attempt the right first aid procedures while still contacting relevant authorities for further assistance. There are a number of ways you can secure your pool and minimize the chances of having accidents or injuries every now and then. As the owner, you need to be responsible, committed and disciplined because there are a lot of people who are depending on you at all times. If you are not a good swimmer, start taking swimming lessons and encourage your children to take the lessons too. Finally, learning basic first aid procedures, CPR and how to handle a certain emergency situation is vital.