I’ve been working in the pool industry for nearly three years, but I’ve been a parent for over seven. As an internet content specialist for SwimmingPool.com, I read a ton of research and articles regarding swimming pool and spa news and none is more frustrating to me than when I get an alert from an RSS feed that sends me an article where a young child has died or nearly drowned in a residential swimming pool. I know, depressing right? According to the USA Swimming Foundation, more than 200 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool this summer alone. This information is not meant as a scare tactic, but as a reality that accidents do happen, and even more frustrating – they are nearly 100% preventable.
So here is a question that you need to ask – is my pool safe for my children, pets, friends and family, or even that neighborhood child that may wander into my backyard? If not, PLEASE be sure to read the suggestions below.
Be sure to install at least a 4 foot fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates.
Use a pool safety cover when the pool is not in use and a lockable safety cover on your hot tub.
If a house door is serving as the 4th side of a pool fence, always use door alarms and locks on that door if small children are present.
Install surface wave or underwater alarms in your pool.
Be sure that your pool and spa drain covers are compliant to the Virginia Graeme Baker anti-entrapment laws.
Use pool depth markers.
Teach your child to swim or get you and your child swim lessons
Learn to perform CPR on children and adults.
Always supervise or name an adult as supervisor when children are playing near a pool or hot tub.
Teach children basic ater safety tips.
Do not allow children to play near pool drains or pipes.
Never allow anyone to swim alone.