An introduction to Pool Safety
Home swimming pools are fantastic. If you want to kick back and relax on a sweltering hot day, then there is nothing better than a swimming pool for that. Of course, as brilliant as pools are, they can be dangerous if not used properly. They are filled with water, after all. On this page, we are going to share with you some pool safety advice. This way you can ensure that your time spent by the pool is relaxing.
If you have children…
A lot of the pool safety advice that you will find on this page will be geared towards families with children. After all, children do not quite understand the risk of a swimming pool in the same way that adults too. Children will also find it a lot more difficult to free themselves from any predicament they have managed to get themselves into.
If you do have children, then make sure you run them through the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being by the pool. Even then, you should still ensure that your children do not use the pool unattended.
Pool Safety Equipment
Having a swimming pool is great. There are few pleasures better than being able to design the area around your pool to ensure that it is aesthetically pleasing. Of course, you should not just be focusing on how great the pool looks. You should be trying to work proper safety equipment into your design too. In this section, we want to take a look at some of the ‘must-haves’ when it comes to pool safety.
This is something that shouldn’t be too difficult to work into the aesthetic of your pool design. You have so many options available when it comes to fencing, after all. With quality pool isolation fencing, children and animals will be unable to access the pool at all without your supervision.
Pool Safety Net ; Covers
If you are not a fan of installing fencing and want a cheaper pool safety option, then you may want to look into getting your hands on pool safety nets or a pool cover. Both do pretty much the same job. They cover up the pool and prevent anybody from falling in when the pool is not in use.
Pool covers can be a bit more difficult to remove and store, but a pool safety net is simple for an adult to remove. Since it is a net, it will pack up nice and tightly too. The benefit of the net is that even when your pool is completely covered, you will still be able to see the beautiful blue water underneath!
While you could feasibly put alarms on the fences to your pool (if you are using isolation fencing). We are talking about other pool safety alarms here. We are talking about ones that you can strap to your child. If your child enters the water with the alarm attached to them, then it will sound.
Of course, if you do not want to constantly strap an alarm to your child every time they are playing outside, you can also purchase wave sensors that can be placed in the pool. Whenever an object greater than a certain weight enters the pool, then the alarm will be triggered. This is great for knowing whenever a child or animal has managed to enter the pool unattended.
Safety Vacuum Release System
We have all heard horror stories of people getting caught in pool filters, haven’t we? If you get trapped in one of them, it is deadly. Thankfully, there are pieces of equipment that you can install to reduce the risk of this happening. One such method is a Safety Vacuum Release System or SVRS for short.
Whenever a drain becomes blocked, this system will automatically release the vacuum from the drain. It, essentially, unblocks it. So, if your hair or something else is caught in the drain, you will instantly be released, which can prevent drowning.
Alternatively, you can pick up a pool safety drain cover. These are less complicated than an SVRS, which makes them a touch cheaper. Although, do bear in mind that they are not always as effective. With a pool safety drain cover, the hope is that there will be no vacuum seal formed around the drain. This means that it is almost impossible to get trapped. They are going to work in most cases, but most people will opt for an SVRS for the ultimate level of safety.
Beyond this, any other equipment that you purchase should be on an ‘as needed’ basis. For example; you may want to invest in a lifesaver ring at the side of the pool. Yes. It is probably going to ruin the aesthetics of the pool a little bit, but can you really put a price on the safety of the pool? No. You can’t.
Practicing Pool Safety
As we said; you are going to want to talk to your children about pool safety. However, a lot of the tips in this section will be relevant to both children and adults alike.
Children should not be left unattended by the pool
Even if you are using the pool alarms that we mentioned previously, you still should ensure that children are not left by the pool unattended. If you go inside, then your children go inside. You need to have an eye on them at all times of the day. This means no playing with your phone or reading a book. You will be surprised at how quickly a child can drown if you take your eyes off of them. Seriously. Do not do it.
Teach your children to swim
If you are going to own a pool with children, then you need to teach your children to swim as soon as possible. This is not going to alleviate you of the responsibilities of keeping an eye on your children, but by teaching your children to swim, it should be a touch easier for them to ‘save’ themselves should they fall in.
If your child can’t swim, then do not let them go into the water without a proper safety floatation device.
Do not dive into the pool
Unless your pool has been specifically designed for diving, you should not be diving into it. Jumping is fine. However, if you send yourself headfirst into the water, you are running the risk of smacking it at the bottom of the pool. This could knock you unconscious and you will drown.
If you must jump into the pool, then you will want to ensure that you are doing at the deepest point of the pool. If the water is too shallow, then your body will fall straight to the bottom of the pool, unhindered, and this would mean serious leg pain.
Do not run near the pool
You would think that this is something that should go without saying. However, so many people will still run by the pool it is unreal. The stones around the pool are slippery at the best of times. If you get a little bit of water onto them, then they are going to be even slipperier. You will injure yourself if you run. This is something that you need to tell your children about. It is vital. A lot of deaths and serious injuries have been caused by the pool simply because of running.
Ensure the right balance of chemicals in the pool
It is essential that you keep the right balance of chemicals in the pool. Check regularly. Too many chemicals and the skin will be harmed. Too few and bacteria can thrive, which can harm you as well. It is likely that you will need to add chlorine to your water at least once every couple of days. If you have bromine, then it may be a lot less frequently but still needs to be added at least once per week.
Regularly check pool drain covers
This is vital. You should always check the drain covers for the pool. If they are faulty or damaged in any way, then it makes it a bit easier to get trapped in them. If you are unsure as to whether your pool drain covers are safe, then do not be afraid to call in an expert. They can help you to ensure that your pool is ‘up to code’.
Do not go near pool drains
Obviously, it is going to be nigh on impossible to completely avoid the pool drains. They are in the pool, after all. However, you shouldn’t be hanging around them that much. You should teach your children the same. If you get up close and personal with the drains, even if they are properly sealed, then you are running the risk of getting trapped. As we said before, this is something that could result in drowning.
Remember; pool safety is no joke. If you can’t be safe around the pool, you shouldn’t be using a pool. Tell your children the same.