What You Should Know About Swimming Pools, Ponds and Children - It Only Takes a Moment's Distraction

by Pool Builders on 03-06-2010 in Articles

What was I doing before the telephone rang? Is the sentence that's often repeated by us all.

Pickpockets and burglars use distraction to their advantage. The knock on the front door and someone is standing there asking you for directions, "distracting" you while his mate comes through the back door and rumbles through your valuable possessions.

Perhaps the worst time for a distraction is when you have to look after children. There's the knock on the door, or the phone call. Perhaps a neighbour or family and friends suddenly call in, or you've remembered you have something very important to do.

This is can be a most dangerous time when it comes to children. you cannot turn your back on children for one minute with either an open unguarded swimming pool or pond in your back garden.

Parents find two year old at bottom of pool "We did get a heartbeat from the little boy last night, so we're hoping," So what measures do you put in place to keep an eye on the little ones? Do you rely on other family i.e. Dad, older siblings, cousins, nephews, nieces, or friends?

The truth is you should never ever rely on anyone but yourself, no matter how hard it may be. As Mum or Dad "You" should always assume that you are the only person individually keeping an eye on what little Tommy is up to.

Never assume your other half is also supervising the kids.

Well if I'm not watching Tommy I'm sure my husband is keeping a close eye on him.

That is a big no, no! Never make assumptions or take this for granted. Also never be tempted to say to someone else in the family. Please keep any eye on little Tommy for me for a minute.

What if that person gets distracted too? Who's watching where little Tommy is now? No one is

So what are the answers?

1. Well you could have to pool or pond back filled in. That would give you piece of mind.

2. You could fence or wall around the pool or pond with purpose made fencing designed for pools and ponds with special safety gates.

3. You could install a swimming pool safety cover for a pool or safety grid for a pond (depending on the size).

4. For the swimming pool you could also install an advanced "smart" swimming pool security system. It works by creating an invisible underwater sonar net. It notifies parents or caretakers immediately if a child falls into a pool.

So there are some of the actions you can take to prevent any accident happening to young children.

Although I have a swimming pool company, as a grandparent I find it extremely distressing when I hear these sad stories God only knows what these parents are going through. I'd wish these things wouldn't happen. I'd rather be installing or servicing pools not hearing about these terrible stories.

Water is dangerous for children, adults, animals and insects, almost everything. Water gives us life, without it we would not exist. It will also take life from us. Get it fenced off, install a safety cover and security sonar. Apart from being a place of fun a pool is also a killer don't take your pool or pond for granted.

In the UK there is new pressure for the pool industry to provide new technology to increase swimming pool safety.

Fortunately the industry is forging ahead with these new technologies.

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