Above Ground Pool Safety
Pool safety guidelines are just as important for above ground pools as they are for inground pools. Here are a few pool safety products for above ground pools:
Above ground pools should have a fence barrier installed around the top edge of the pool and along the stairway leading up to the swim platform. The stairs to the above ground pool should also be gated if they are not retractable. Above ground pool fences, generally constructed of resin, will not only enhance the look of your swimming pool, but also will improve safety. They are easy to install and can it can be done by a homeowner or a swimming pool professional. In addition to making your pool area a safe environment for children, elderly, pets and wildlife, accessories can be added to the pool fence such as solar pool lighting.
Ladders and Steps
For above ground pools, a fence and/or a pull up and locking ladder are musts. The ladder must be installed properly and checked regularly to make certain it is still firmly attached. Swimming pool hand rails and stair rails provide an extra protection against slipping on stairs and steps. There are a few options available for entry into your above ground swimming pool. The choice that you make will depend on your particular needs and design preferences. You can choose from simple A-frame ladders to grand entrance drop in steps. There should also be no walking around, or sitting on the edge of the pool; falling off and hitting the ground can cause injuries and sitting on the sides could cause the pool to collapse.
Above ground pool alarms are also a great safety product. Above ground pool alarms use a new sensing method that requires no adjustments and is designed to detect intrusions similar to a 1- year old child weighing 18 pounds and up. The alarm is activated with an on/off key - simply remove the key to turn the alarm on. Entry into the pool by children, pets, or intruders is detected by the unit's electronic sensor, and sets off a loud, pulsating alarm both in the home and at the pool. The in-house remote receiver has a range up to 200 ft., and comes with a 12-volt power supply. Safe, simple, and easy to operate, the alarm snaps onto the top rail of your above ground pool. Different models are available for above ground swimming pools including both surface and subsurface wave detection. To store your alarm while using the pool, snap it on the outside of the pool.
Signs and Equipment
Pool signs and depth markers are also extremely important to have in the pool area. These pool depth markers can be applied to vinyl, ceramic tile and tempered glass overlays. Signs that should be in your pool area can include “No Jumping”, “No Diving, Shallow Water” and “Slippery When Wet”.
You should also have basic safety equipment available such as lifesaver rings and a Shepherd’s Crook