Pool safety tipps and products
What is the best way to keep a child safe around swimming pools?
For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.” For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions, like talking on the phone, socializing, tending household chores, or drinking alcohol. The supervising adult must know how to swim.
If you have a pool, please follow these rules:
- Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
- Empty blow-up pools after each use.
- No riding toys at poolside.
- No electrical appliances near the pool.
- No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
- No running on the pool deck.
- Caution children against showing off and playing rough and explain the dangers of running and diving recklessly.
- Never push others into the pool.
- When using water slides, always go feet first.
- Before diving or sliding, check to be sure that other swimmers are out of the way.
- Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
- Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
- Teach children what to do in case of emergency.
Pool protection products
To prevent small children from entering the pool area on their own, there should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool or spa. Combined with the watchful eyes of an adult, a fence is the best way to protect your child and other children who may visit or live nearby. Pool fences are easy to install and can it can be done by a homeowner or a swimming pool professional. In addition to making your pool area a safe environment for children, elderly, pets and wildlife, accessories can be added to the pool fence such as solar pool lighting.
Keeping your pool covered when you’re not in it can not only help keep it clean, but much safer. There are hard covers and soft covers, but as long as the cover can support the weight of an adult, you should be good to go. Pool covers should cover the entire pool so that a child can’t slip under them. Make sure there is no standing water on top of the pool cover. Be aware that floating solar covers are not safety covers.
Above ground pool alarms are also a great safety product. They use a new sensing method that requires no adjustments and is designed to detect intrusions similar to a 1- year old child weighing 18 pounds and up. The alarm is activated with an on/off key – simply remove the key to turn the alarm on. Entry into the pool by children, pets, or intruders is detected by the unit’s electronic sensor, and sets off a loud, pulsating alarm both in the home and at the pool.