Swimming Pool Safety Issues

by Pool Builders on 04-08-2009 in Articles

Pool Safety

There are lots of different reasons to build a swimming pool today. Ranging from family amusement, to being able to enjoy various water features or the luxury of a spa, to the mere purpose of enjoying a little physical exercise. Regardless of why a swimming pool is first built, each individual who owns a swimming pool today should keep safety as a clear priority.

All ages of people use these pools ranging from the young to the old. Too many times pool safety is often ignored. Many home owners with pools are under a wrong opinion that most accidental drownings occur when the family is outdoors using the pool or entertaining guests. Nevertheless, a lot of accidents occur when young children leave the safety of the home without a parent or guardian realizing it. Children are drawn to water without recognizing the dangers that are involved. At the other end of the age spectrum, the elderly could slip and fall or have trouble getting out of the pool, if proper safety features are not properly installed or considered.

The key to handling the pool safety issues is to be well prepared. The Sacramento, CA building department gives a list of pool safety specifications prior to building new pools. Here are a few points to prevent drowning:

o 6 feet high fences and walls should be installed to completely enclose the pool area. Fence gates should be self-closing and self- latching swinging away from the pool. The latch should be out of a small childs reach. Check with your local building codes.

o Any doors leading from the house or garage to the pool area should be protected with alarms that produce a sound when a door is accidentally opened.

o Make sure all rescue equipment is close to the pool and that a phone with emergency numbers is near by.

o For above-ground pools, steps and ladders to the pool should be secured or removed when the pool is inactive.

o Pool alarms can be added as an extra precaution. Underwater pool alarms will perform better and can also be used with most pool covers..

The key to preventing these catastrophes is to be totally ready for the worst case scenario. This includes placing barriers  around your pool to prevent access, using pool alarms, closely supervising your child and being prepared in any case of emergency. Of course it is usually best to use your primary common sense skills. Running out of control around a pool, jumping off of things that were not designed for that purpose, these are not safe practical skills. Common sense is a necessity around a pool.

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