Backyard Pool Safety

Ahhhh, summer. Hot days, long nights, time with your loved ones to catch up, unwind, and remind yourself that you only live once. Or, if you have kids on summer break, you might be reminded of endless sibling squabbles, cupboards that seem to empty themselves overnight, and long afternoons echoing the chorus, “I’m boooo-ored!”

Fear not, mama. Why not create the backyard oasis of your dreams while providing a place for your kids to expel endless amounts of energy each and every glorious summer day? Before you call your swimming pool contractor, keep these important safety tips in mind to ensure your summer does indeed earn the title of, “Best summer EVER!”

According to the American Red Cross, over 200 children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Although the stats can be scary, prevention is your best defense. There are a number of proactive measures you can take to ensure the poolside safety of your loved ones. 

Fencing

Appropriate pool barriers are always a must. Your needs can vary, depending on the age of your children, but it’s probably best to err on the side of caution because you never know which friends or family members will also enjoy an occasional dip. Enclose the pool with a self-latching fence that reaches four feet or higher. When the pool is not in use, remember to cover it and remove any access ladders. You might even consider an alarm to alert you of anyone entering the pool area.

Supervision

Possibly your best defense against pool accidents is vigilante supervision. Especially if your children are young or not skilled swimmers, always ensure there is a competent adult at the pool with them at all times. Young children who cannot swim should be within arms length of a competent swimmer, or should don a coastguard approved life vest at all times. During pool parties or when you have a group of swimmers, make sure to designate someone to watch the water. Never allow even the most competent swimmers to use the pool alone. 

Swimming Skills

If you have a backyard pool, it makes sense that even your youngest should learn how to swim. Enroll your kiddos in certified swimming classes so they can learn age-appropriate skills to keep their selves safe in the pool.

Emergency Plan

It’s important to create a plan for potential emergencies. Everyone in your home should know and understand what to do in the event of a pool accident. Keep emergency numbers clearly posted near the pool, and make sure all family members old enough are trained in CPR and First Aid. Keep safety equipment visible and in working order.

Clean Water

When the water gets murky, not only is it unsafe for swimmers but it’s hard to see what’s going on beneath the surface. Keep a regular schedule for adding the appropriate chemicals to keep the pH levels correct. This can also prevent skin rashes or ear maladies in your young swimmers.

Rules

Finally, establish and post pool rules. Ensure that everyone understands and abides by your rules when enjoying the pool. You might prohibit diving, require kids to always swim with a buddy, or ask that everyone walk when near the pool perimeter.

A refreshing pool in your backyard can definitely support you and your kids’ summer dreams! The kids will be occupied for hours, and once you’ve set up a safe environment, you too can sit back and relax! It won’t be long before the whole neighborhood will be knocking at your door, and those cries of boredom will be a distant memory. What are you waiting for? Call your pool contractor now to get started on the best home improvement project ever!