pool safety checklist
Pool Safety Checklist
Pool safety is paramount when you are alone as well as when you are with people and kids especially. We know things can get out of hand when they are playing around in the pool with friends, lots of music and the smell of BBQ in the air can surely distract you from the rules of pool safety. The reality is, you can literally drown in a glass of water. It's the amount in the lungs that counts and not the depth. So, even kids on the deep end can drown and faster than you think. It's hard to hear a person, much less see them in herd of people. Another safety issue is trips and falls and diving in too shallow water among other things. The good news is there are ways to avoid these accidents and here there are some top ways to prevent them.
Watching the Kids: We hate to ruin the fun by being so official but--your kids are your world. This means saving conversations between the two of you is essential if you are to be kept from distraction. Make sure--if you have to--to have official shifts for kid watching. One of the most common errors that are made between parents and partners is one thinking the other was watching. Then, it's too late. Please be vigilant and organized at the same time.
Don't Leave Kids Unattended: So many accidents per year are caused by one parent leaving a child to go answer the phone or the get something they forgot--thinking--wrongly--that seconds don't matter. We have seen all too many times that they do matter. Make sure your child is well prepared ahead of time that they must vacate the pool when you vacate the area for any reason.
Physical Safety Elements: Once you've built you pool, it's imperative that you have a pool safety checklist especially if you have kids. Here we will go over what to have and how to maintain it. There are certain elements of a pool and the surrounding area that are in need of watch and security in order for you to have a safe and secure swim time.
Fencing: Most people will have a fence around the pool. Sometimes it only has three sides of the pool and the home is the actual fourth barrier. When this happens, you must make sure you have an alarm which is attached to the pool entrance. This way, your kids won't just walk out the back or side exit and go to the pool without you knowing it. The height of your fence should be no less than 5 feet in height.
It is imperative that you have no footholds or anything on the gate that kids can learn to climb over. When you have those little side openings on a chain link fence that are sort of shaped like a diamond--make sure they are not wide enough for a kid to slip through. When you have a vertical slatted fence, then, make sure it is less than 4 inches between slats so that kids can't slip through. It may not look that easy to the naked eye but kids are flexible and agile little creatures.
Gate Latching: You need a gate with automatic latching and closing. No mechanical parts are needed, they are spring loaded. But, make sure the latch is too high for a child to reach it--now and when they grow a bit taller like over the age of 10 or 12.
Pool Ladders and Covers: These are dangers that often go unchecked. Even if you have a latched gate and door alarms, things happen, even when you are in close proximity. Make sure that in the case of an above ground pool--you have ladders that are locked and secured. Remove the ladders when the pool is not being used.
Remove any standing water on top of the cover and also remove the cover completely when the pool is being used. There are too many accidents by where a small child gets swept under the covers and smothers or drowns.