Keep Your Kids Safe In The Pool  

by Pool Builders on 01-06-2012 in Articles

All the family enjoy playing in the pool, but for some, especially kids, the hazards can be fatal. Every year In the UK alone, something in the region of 40 children under the age of 14, die from accidental drowning. If you have a swimming pool it is crucial to put multiple safety measures in place to keep children safe. Please read and act on the following safety advice for your swimming pool.

The most basic and most important rule is supervision. Always closely supervise children at all times. Even if your child knows how to swim, they should never be left unsupervised. To be adequately supervised they should have the attention of a responsible adult, preferably with First Aid training.

If access to the pool is not controlled, then it is quite possible that kids can enter the pool on their own without supervision. This is just as applicable to teenagers as it is to toddlers who don't know what they are doing. Without restricted access toddlers could just wander into a dangerous situation, whilst teenagers could use the pool at any times. There are a range of products which restrict access to the pool, keeping unsupervised users out. In many countries, although not in the UK, it is mandatory to install a safety fence around the complete perimeter of the pool. This fence should be at least four feet high and have a gate with a self-closing and self-latching gate that young children cannot open on their own. Use gates with locks and alarms to keep children out when adults are not present.

Some pools have telescopic glass enclosures which have a door that can be locked. The sliding sections need to be locked to prevent access to the pool.

Safety covers are another option. Safety covers are manufactured from a heavy duty pvc, which can take the weight of a child, but is secured at the sides to prevent access underneath the edges. Standard winter debris covers or solar covers are not sufficient for this purpose.

Pool alarms are also available. Usually these sit on a solar cover or float on the surface of the pool water. They are triggered by excessive movement, so if someone fell into the pool whilst the alarm is on, it will be activated. One of the downsides of these is that people have been known to be lulled into a false sense of security, ignoring all other safety factors. These alarms should be a last resort safety measure, not the first.

Pool rules should be set for all swimmers according to their ability. These rules should be made clear before anyone is allowed in the pool. For example, if your child is not a good swimmer he or she should never enter water deeper than chest high. Children should be made aware of the dangers of rough and boisterous play, and taught to respect the hazards of water. Swimmers should be banned from diving and rough dunking.

Finally, you should have a plan for emergencies. Make sure that there is a phone nearby at all times. Learn CPR and basic First Aid. A good knowledge of CPR and first aid could make the difference between life and death.

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