Swimming Pool Safety Covers Save Lives

by Pool Builders on 03-23-2014 in Articles

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death of children aged one to four in Canada, and 38% of those deaths happen in pools, report the Ottawa Police Service. One of the ways to prevent this tragedy occurring in your pool is to fit one of the swimming pool safety covers that are available.

Invented in 1957 by Fred Meyer Jr., these covers are an important part of your swimming pool equipment. Meyer created the cover when he found a dead animal in his pool, and since then the industry has developed a product that is safe, easy to use, and increases the value of your property.

Benefits of Covers

  • Safety. The main benefit of safety covers is protection as they help to prevent children and pets from falling into your pool. Well manufactured pool covers should meet ASTM International safety barrier standards.
  • Savings. Because pools are protected from the sun when swimming pool covers are extended, the growth of algae is inhibited to a large extent, allowing decreased use of pool chemicals. Debris and leaves can't fall into the pool, so you don't have to clean so often with other swimming pool equipment such as scoops and filters. As the pool water is cleaner, you use your electric pump less, which gives you savings on power utilities. In addition, swimming pool covers prevent heavy evaporation so you don't have to top up your pool so often with water.
  • Convenience. Swimming pool covers are typically created to be an exact fit for your pool, making them easy to use and remove (and they look wonderful). Some solid covers have a built-in drainage system that allows rainwater to flow through into an easy-to-clean mesh filter.

Even though swimming pool covers add significantly to the security of children, youngsters should never be allowed to play unsupervised near a pool.

Types of Covers

When you purchase a pool cover you should be able to choose from two different materials:

  • Mesh. These covers are usually lightweight, long-lasting, and often cost less than solid covers.
  • Solid vinyl. This type of fabric helps prevent algae growth, and decreases the time needed for maintenance and cleaning with other swimming pool equipment.

While it may still be chilly outside, spring has begun and this is the perfect time to start thinking about a pool for the summer! Whether you already own a pool and are just looking to pick up some new accessories and equipment for the season or are thinking of having a pool installed now is the perfect time to make your dream of having your own pool a reality! For best results contact a company that specializes in pool installation and maintenance and let their expertise guide you.

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