It’s a sad fact that each year a large number of young ones, in particular those under age 5, lose their lives from accidental drowning. This can happen so fast that before anyone notices a child is missing, they may already have drowned. With this in mind, here are some backyard pool safety recommendations:
A pool barrier is one of the best safety measures you can take. While this can take the form of a wall or fencing, etc. the most important thing is that it prevents a child from accessing the swimming pool unsupervised. The barrier must also prevent a child from being able to crawl under or go over it. You will also want to remember that a barrier is not just required for in-ground pools but also for above ground pools, spas, and hot tubs.
Can the exterior walls of the home act as a pool barrier? Yes, they can but safety measures should be taken to ensure that any doors or windows leading directly to the pool are locked and secured. To make sure that no one goes through these doors or windows without your knowledge, it’s a good idea to have alarms fitted to them that will sound a warning if someone exits or enters through them. It is also best if the alarm warning sound is distinct and loud enough so that it can be heard in all areas of the home.
Yes, a backyard pool can be a source of fun and relaxation, but every care should be taken to ensure that it remains a safe place.