According to the Center for Disease Controls website on Injury Prevention & Control, drowning ranks sixth among unintentional deaths for people of all ages and is the leading cause of death among children 14 years and younger. With these figures in mind, it highlights how important pool safety is for all homeowners in order to protect loved ones.
Below are nine basic rules that should be used when enjoying your pool:
1. Always provide adequate supervision when children are enjoying the pool. Use common sense to decide if someone is a poor swimmer, regardless of their age. And as a secondary precaution, bring out a cordless phone in the event of an emergency.
2. Teach your children about water safety, like staying away from drains and debris traps. Show them where each of the pool exits are and how to use a life ring if they need to help someone else.
3. Just about all cities require that you have a pool fence. These days companies make a wide array of pool fences that won’t detract from your homes appeal and they are a proven way to help keep children away from or out of the pool area when supervision isn’t around; so have one installed.
4. Make sure that children to do not run or play around the exterior of the pool. A innocent slip or trip can result in a child going into the water, possibly unconscious.
5. Maintain your pool cover. A child who falls into the water by accidentally walking across the pool cover is at risk of being trapped underneath the cover and from being seen by others.
6. Remove all toys or play items from the pool at the end of the day to keep children from being tempted to retrieve them.
7. Keep all electrical equipment away from the pool. All pool lights, pumps, & vacuums should be protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Have a qualified electrician out to review these items.
8. Lock all doors and windows leading from the house to the pool. You may want to consider adding alarms to these exits to alert you of someone entering the pool area.
9. Keep chairs away from the fence to discourage children from using them to hop over.
While the best method of pool safety is an active adult supervision, installing a pool fence is important to put the proper pool safety measures in place. With these pool safety rules in mind, you’ll protect yourself from losing a loved one while enjoying a safe backyard.