Enhance The Safety of Your Swimming Pool
Pools offer summertime amusement and are a fantastic way to beat the heat. Nonetheless, families must continue to exercise caution around and in the water since drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related mortality for children between the ages of one and eighteen.
Please take some time to read over these tips for a safe swimming season. Whether it’s just you and the kids gathering at the poolside, or you’re having friends over for a backyard barbecue, safety is key to getting the best use out of your aquatic space.
Here are the ways to improve the safety of your pool
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 3,700 persons drowned in the US in 2016, with toddlers and young children being the most vulnerable to such accidents. In fact, in 2016, the top preventable cause of mortality for children aged 1 to 4 was drowning. Hence, we have compiled these tips that you can implement this summer to keep both kids and adults safe while allowing them to enjoy themselves in the pool.
Install an Alarm System
When you’re not at home, or if you’re sound asleep, or located in the house where you may not see the backyard, you might consider adding an additional measure of pool safety to keep kids (and even potential burglars or pranksters) out of the water. Install alarms with motion sensors to let you know when the pool’s gates are opened. Also, consider purchasing an underwater swimming pool alarm system as well. The loud noise will alert you of anybody jumping or falling into the pool by using motion sensors to detect wave action.
Build a Fence For Your Pool
Quite often, kids, who have almost drowned in a backyard pool, entered through an unlocked gate. One important tip for pool safety is to keep this area off-limits when no one is supervising, and the best way to guarantee that children can’t enter is by installing a fence around the pool with a gate that locks.
As you look at the possibility of a pool renovation, consider constructing fences or barriers to keep children out of the pool. Better yet, to prevent kids from climbing over the fence, fences around the pool should be at least four feet high. Fortunately, this type of safety feature can still enhance your pool’s aesthetic appeal while adding to your home’s value since buyers who have young children would have the mindset of keeping the backyard safe for everyone.
Daily Maintenance & Inspection
For proper maintenance of your pool, skimming is important to get bugs, leaves, and debris out, but vacuuming is vital to keeping algae and dirt accumulation at bay. Likewise, depending on the type of pool you have, you may have to scrub the surface as well.
Along with these measures, you’ll also need to apply algaecides periodically and keep your chlorine at the proper level. By keeping the chemicals balanced and warding off bacteria and algae, you’re ensuring the safety of your family and visitors.
Part of the cleanliness factor also relates to the filtration equipment. So, you’ll need to get your system inspected on a regular basis at least before opening the pool and right before closing it for the winter.
Remove Obstacles And Slip Hazards
Any obstacles that could cause a person to trip and fall should be fully removed from all walking paths and spaces. This includes lawn chairs, towels, cleaning equipment, and pool toys. To ensure that no one is at risk of tripping over these obstructions and dangers, these items should be routinely picked up and put away.
Once again, if you’re looking into pool renovation, one option involves coating pool walkways with plaster or a finish that provides a non-slip surface. Also, to help with lowering the possibility of people slipping and losing their balance while entering and exiting the pool, handrails can also be placed along entry points.
Store Chemicals Safely
Additionally, pool chemicals should always be kept completely apart from other objects that are being stored. To prevent any chance of accidentally coming in contact with one another, always store acid and chlorine separately. Plus, pool chemicals should always be kept in their original containers and in a cold, dark, dry location preferably where children can’t gain access to them.
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