Pets And Children Reap The Benefits Of The Addition Of A Swimming Pool Cover

by Pool Builders on 02-26-2011 in Articles

You have spent many fun hours in your backyard swimming pool since you installed it. You've accepted the responsibility that comes with it, especially as it relates to keeping your pets and, more importantly, your children safe.

Your children should be taught basic water safety and should know that under no circumstances are they allowed in or around the pool when there are no adults around. Whether you have an above ground pool or an in-ground one, you need to have safety devices in place. All municipalities have zoning and code laws in place to require it to have pool safety alarms and fencing, and in some cases, both in place.

Swimming pool covers do more than double duty - they keep the water free from airborne contaminants, used as a seal to protect it from winter elements and can also provide a protective barrier to prevent children or pets from falling into the water.

Covers come in many shapes, sizes and designs, from manually operated to electronic swimming pool covers that run on tracks at the push of a button. Even with a cover in place, it is not a foolproof way to keep children from drowning. Supervision must be in place by adults at all times.

Maximum safety is part and parcel of owning a swimming pool and again, your fencing, locked gate and floating pool alarms can enhance safety in and around the pool area. Your fence should be at least four feet high but check with your local code enforcement officer as they may have different guidelines that need to be followed. Your swimming pool contractor will likely have covered the information with you and will have secured the necessary permits for the pool construction.

It's never a bad idea to be redundant when it comes to keeping your children and pets safe around the swimming pool. There are pool owners who go above and beyond by installing fencing, covers and swimming pool alarms. Again, a pool alarm might be required by law, but this too will come up during the permitting and building process.

Having a swimming pool in your own backyard will lead to many hours and years of enjoyment for you, your family and friends that you will be entertaining. Many people find that once they construct a swimming pool, they spend so little time in the house that they take on more enhancements to the poolside to truly make it a whole outdoor living experience.

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