Swimming Pool Toys & Safety Equipment For Fun & Safety-Minded Pool  

by Pool Builders on 02-14-2012 in Articles

Safety should be the No. 1 concern for any pool owner. Whether you oversee a small, private pool in your backyard for family and friends or manage a large, public pool that's open to everyone, stocking your facility with the right mix of safety equipment and swimming pool toys is the key to a good time for all.

Here are some key factors to consider:

The young and the elderly: Parents should make sure that any little ones who visit their pool have appropriately sized pool inflatables to play with. Many of these items are designed with specific ages in mind, such as the Tropical Shade Baby Float or the Rainbow Baby Pool. Fencing and pool alarms are also good approaches to keeping children, pets and any other unwanted visitors from entering your pool.

Extra consideration also should be made for the elderly, who are more prone to slipping and seriously injuring themselves. One answer for slippery floors is Dri-Dek, a self-draining, easy-to-clean floor system available in many colors and made of sturdy vinyl. The surface can be customized to fit any floor shape, and helps control the growth of bacteria and fungus as well. Additional quick and effective solutions include safety mats manufactured from vinyl, lightweight and heavy-duty aquatic matting made of soft PVC that's textured for extra grip and porous for rapid evaporation, and handrail covers designed to minimize burns and provide superior grip as you exit the pool.

Commercial pool operators: Those who manage pools open to the public realize how important it is to prioritize safety, both for swimmers and any visitors who happen to be spending time near the pool. Thankfully, supplies to make your pool and its surroundings a safe place are affordable and simple to find. Think lifeguard chairs, rescue masks, life rings and hooks, first-aid kits and safety line float kits. To preventing slipping accidents, a nonslip pool coating with epoxy finish can be used on the pool floor, steps and diving boards, or in spas and shower stalls, to prevent slips and falls. Many of these items are excellent candidates for improving the safety of a residential pool, too.

Physically disabled swimmers: Many physically disabled people can swim, but they may need a little help entering and exiting the pool. The Americans With Disabilities Act provides guidelines that ensure public pools are accessible for this group of swimmers. There are certain pieces of equipment you can outfit a public or residential pool to make it more accessible for a handicapped swimmer, such as lifts.

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