Installing a swimming pool at home is one of the ways to add a little fun and exercise for all members of the family.
But safety must be a primary concern when there is a baby at home.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for kids between the of infancy to 10.
I’ve recently also viewed some videos showing how babies have an innate ability to swim. I find these videos irresponsible. This can lead parents who know no better to relax safety measures at home thinking that the baby can swim after all.
The scary thing with children downing is that it don’t take that long for the tragedy to occur. All it takes can be as little as 3 minutes for a toddler to make his own way to the pool, fall in, and drown.
This is why extra attention must be paid to installing safety devices and restrict access to the pool as much as possible.
So what if it might inconvenience you? The important thing is that you are creating a safer environment for kids to play and roam.
Here are some safety tips to implement for the swimming pool at home.
1) 4-sided isolation pool fence
Studies have been conducted by people who take this issue seriously which found that four-sided isolation pool fencing can prevent drowning and near-drowning incidents by up to 90%.
That seems significant enough to pay attention to.
Such a fence should be at least 5 feet in height, and setup along the whole perimeter of the pool without any footholds.
The gist is that children will not be able to either climb over, crawl under, or squeeze through it to get pass.
The access point should not be setup facing the house and should be on a side that is much less convenient than a few steps from an exit of the house.
On top of that, the fence should not take up space in any play area or the play yard itself.
2) Self closing gates
Because forgetfulness can cause an adult to forget closing a gate to the pool after exiting, it is critical to install one that closes by itself.
It is specifically because of this human behavior that manufacturers started to introduce self-closing gates and latches into the market of baby safety equipment.
Look at this from the bright side.
You don’t have to go through another day worrying about whether you left the gate closed at home.
3) Gates open outwards from pool
All access gates should open away and outwards from the pool.
This is so that a child leaning against the gate will not fall into the pool by accident due to faulty locks or latches.
4) Move furniture away
There’s little point in installing a gate to the pool when there are chairs or tables placed beside them.
Children love to climb up things and most can easily scale the gate by climbing up from a table giving him or her an elevated starting point.
This home safety industry is really booming. Partly because consumers are really starting to realize the expenses spent on safety features at home is truly worth the peace of mind.
Preventing the loss of life can be priceless.
Alarms for doors, windows, and pools are readily available these days.
These devices basically give off an audible alarm that alerts you when someone has left the house (maybe the child) and could be making his way to the swimming pool.
Giving you time to make a quick check.
6) Automatic pool cover
If you intend to take these precautionary measures to the max, consider setting up an automatic pool cover.
These motorized covers work like a garage door for the pool. They can be basically opened and closed via the use of a switch.
The problem with this is that it could actually add another hazard into the area as just like garage doors, they can cause mishaps themselves.
So if yo do install one, make sure the product meets the safety requirements set by the authorities.
7) Keep electrical items away
The over-enacted scene of using a hair-dryer in the bathroom causing electric shocks is no joke. Water and electricity don’t mix that well when our health is concerned.
The same event can happen in the swimming pool with other electrical devices.
So be mindful in keeping all electrical items away from the poo area.
If it is necessary for an electrical appliance or outlet to be near the pool, make sure they are covered.
Better yet, ensure that it has a ground fault circuit interrupter.
8) Pump cutoff switch location
Show every adult and teenager in the house where the main pump cutoff switch is.
Some types of drainage setup for swimming pools can cause suction strong enough to overpower a kid.
In times of emergencies, it might be necessary to switch it off completely.
Remember, it don’t take that long for someone to drown. A minute can make all the difference.
9) Safety vacuum release
A safety vacuum release system is able to automatically release a vacuum when entrapment in the water occurs.
Again, this can be critical during emergencies when everyone is in a panic.
Finally, every parent would instinctively want to supervise their children when playing the in the swimming pool.
Even though you might feel that it is an almost impossible situation for your child to be near the pool unsupervised, we can never know for sure when and how accidents can potentially happen.
This is why even if you are the confident with how you are handling things at home, setting up safety devices, equipment, and practices makes total sense for the swimming pool.