In all the excitement of a move, your first priority when moving into a new house with a pool will be to ensure it is kid-proof. The dangers of pools and children are well-documented and the safety of your children or any visiting children should be your first concern.
According to SafeKids.org, over 830 kids drown each year. These are sobering statistics and highlight why it is so important to safeguard your new pool and family.
Swimming pools and spas can pose great danger to children — even for little ones that can swim. There are many factors as to why a child drowns, so it is important to know how to maximize safety around a swimming pool and spa.
Swimming Pool Safety Basics
Whether this is your first swimming pool or you’ve had them before, safety comes first. You may not necessarily be aware of all the proactive equipment or steps you can take to make sure your family is safe. Let’s cover some basic steps we can take to make our pool and spa safe around young children.
- If your new pool does not come equipped, install a locked fence around the perimeter of your pool. Ensure the gate is self-closing and self-latching for additional safety.
- Invest in a pool alarm or door alarm that triggers when a child wanders outside.
- Inspect your pool and spa to ensure the drains are secure and properly covered. Children can become trapped and drown by the suction of a drain.
- Invest in life buoys, rescue equipment, and CPR instructions to post at your pool on a fence or nearby wall.
- Remove chairs or tables away from your pool fencing. Young children can easily scale a fence and enter a pool. Tables and chairs will serve as a ladder and propel them over.
- If you have an above ground pool, store the ladder in a locked location to prevent children from entering the pool without supervision.
- Consider installing an outdoor telephone. You, your family, or the babysitter can quickly call 911 in the event of an emergency.
- Inspect your home’s perimeter fencing. Holes in the block wall, loose wood boards, or gates that don’t latch invite danger. Young neighborhood children can wander in and fall into a pool or spa.
- Put away and store pool toys, so you remove the temptation of jumping in and playing with them.
- Thoroughly inspect your pool’s diving board and slide for damage. A faulty diving board or slide could pose a hazard and contribute to a pool tragedy.
Lastly, talk to your children about the dangers of the pool and spa.
Taking the time to inspect and correct a few issues with your new pool will go a long way in preventing a pool tragedy. Having a comprehensive inspection before the moving trucks arrive also will ensure your new pool and spa are up and running in the safest condition possible.
You can check with the seller’s agent to see what pool professional they used when they owned the home. Starting with a pool professional who already knows the pool and its equipment makes it easier to get the work done. Also, they more than likely would like to keep you on account, so this is a win-win situation.
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