Although pool safety is always an important and complicated task, it becomes much harder and much more important whenever children are thrown into the mix. Newborns and toddlers are particularly at risk for pool-related injury and death, so it is highly important for new parents to learn pool safety basics.
When it comes to young children, it is very important to be sure that children are supervised at all times and that the pool area is completely secure whenever it is not being used.
Securing the Pool Area
The first step to a secure pool is the use of a pool fence. Most laws and government regulations require that pools have a fence or wall at least four feet high. Some experts even recommend fences or walls five feet or more tall.
Having a pool fence is one of the most important steps to take towards pool safety with young children. However, it is not the only step. Pool fence maintenance is also highly important.
Check your pool fence weekly for damage or signs of wear and tear. The most common cause of pool fence failure is rust, but fences can also be damaged by animals or storms.
You’ll also need to be sure that your pool fence’s gate is locked at all times. You may also consider using a pool fence alarm system for extra security.
Keeping the Pool Safe During the Off-Season
During the off-season, you should use a pool safety cover. Although a traditional pool cover may have been suitable before, it is highly important to use a safety pool cover now that you have children.
A safety pool cover is reinforced, and is installed in such a way that it will not collapse under the weight of a person stepping or falling onto it. This will save a child or another person from drowning if he or she bypasses the fence and gets into the pool area.
Although safety pool covers are more expensive than traditional pool covers, they are longer-lasting in addition to being safer, and may make pool cleanup at the start of the next pool season easier in some cases.
Teaching Children about Pool Safety
In addition to securing your pool as best you can during the pool season and the off-season, it is almost important to start teaching children about pool safety as early as possible.
In fact, having a pool at home may make your child safer later on, when he or she encounters public pools and friends’ pools.
Children can be given swimming lessons by professionals from a very young age. Once your child understands the basics of language, you can also firmly teach her or him about the importance of never using a pool without supervision or wandering into the pool area.
By securing your pool and teaching your child or children about pool safety as early as possible, you can ensure their safety and your peace of mind for years to come.