Although having a pool installed in your backyard is an exciting time, it is important to understand the responsibilities that come with it. Unfortunately, many adults and children still die every year by drowning in a yard pool. In most cases, this can be avoided by following some etiquette and safety tips when using the pool. Let's have a look at some:
Plan It Properly
If you are at the planning stage of having the pool installed, use this opportunity to make the first important step in pool safety: never design the pool so that a side of your property forms one side of the fence for the pool. Many people have done this, and then left their patio doors open during the day, giving youngsters the opportunity to access the pool. Plan and design the pool so the safety fence around the pool is independent of any other structures. If your pool does join on to your property, consider planning and carrying out some changes.
Invest In Non-Slip Materials
Some people think that they don't need this kind of safety equipment. When they envisage a slip or fall, it usually involves an accident around the outside of the pool. However, many accidents happen due to someone slipping, injuring themselves and then falling into the water. People can also slip on the diving board, injure themselves and then land in the water. Always cover the perimeter of the pool, the ladders in the pool and the diving board with non-slip material.
The pool will always be tempting for your children. After installing your security fence – which is an absolute must when thinking about pool safety – ensure that you remove any props that could be used by children to boost themselves up and over the fence. This may mean that you need to cut down tree branches and remove lawn furniture that could be used to get over the fence. Also, the fence itself should be difficult to climb.
A big part of the safety of the pool is continued monitoring and maintenance. If the pool is used regularly, it is easy for little wear and tear to occur. For example, one of the ladders which allows access in and out of the pool may work itself loose. Or, a bolt may become loose and cause a protrusion. It is your responsibility to inspect, identify and repair any minor defects as they happen. Your pool contractor can provide swimming pool renovations if necessary.
Establish a set of rules for using the pool with all members of your family. Avoiding accidents should be your number one priority when your yard pool is in use.