No responsible pool owner wants an accident to occur on their property; unfortunately, nine people drown every day in the United States. This statistic is quite alarming; it is especially alarming to parents with young children. As a pool owner, it is your responsibility to know the dangers of owning a pool. It is also your responsibility to take measures to prevent accidents.
When building a pool, the best way to prevent future accidents is to integrate the following safety features:
Drain covers protect swimmers from getting caught up in the powerful suction of your pool filter. Uncovered drains suck water into your filter; most of the time, these drains are at the bottom of your pool. If someone who is unaware of this suction puts their body on top of the drain, they may end up stuck under water. A simple drain cover prevents this accident from happening.
A good fence protects your pool from people who shouldn’t be around it; generally, a four or five foot fence provides adequate protection. As a pool owner, you need to be careful about young children that may wander on to your property; a good fence works to keep them away from the pool. Build a gate with locking doors to make sure that children can’t access the pool area without an adult.
Second Safety Fence
Pool owners can buy mesh fences that effectively keep young children and toddlers away from the pool; these fences are portable and can be set up every time the pool is not in use. Mesh fences attach to strong anchored poles in your patio; they offer another layer of protection against someone accidentally falling into your pool. The great thing about these fences are that they are easy to set up and tear down; they don’t take a lot of work.
Pool alarms alert pool owners when someone is in or around their pool; they are a great way to get your attention when you aren’t near the water. There are many varieties of pool alarms; there are sensors, door alarms and buoys that warn you when someone enters your pool. These devices are put into sleep mode when the pool is in use. It’s hard to keep an eye on your pool 24/7; a pool alarm monitors your pool for you.
Not having a safety cover on your pool is like not having a roof on your home. Pool covers keep your pool clean from leaves and debris; they also provide a secure barrier between your pool and anyone who may fall in.
Pool covers can be made of both mesh and solid materials; tight-fitting covers prevent children from falling in or gaining access to your pool. A special tool needs to be used to release the springs that keep the cover in place. Without this tool, no one can get access to your pool.
Blue’s Advice: When building a pool, it is important to keep safety in mind. If you take various precautions, then you pool remains safe. A few simple safety features can prevent life threatening accidents.
Information for this article was sourced from http://f1pool.com/pool-safety-tips/.