Pool Safety: Proper Care and Maintenance When many of us think of pool dangers, drowning is often the first thought that comes to mind. Yes, it is important to protect your pool to reduce drowning related accidents and deaths, but there are other steps that you will want to take as well. One of those steps involves practicing proper pool care and maintenance. For starters, it is important to keep pool water clean, clear, and debris free. Large debris, such as a small tree branch, should be removed immediately. This does pose a risk of drowning, as swimmers may become entangled. Even small debris, such as leaves and insects, should be removed promptly. The good news is that it is very easy to remove debris from a swimming pool. As for how debris can be removed, a pool skimmer can be used. What you may like is the choices that you have. Did you know that there are automatic pool skimmers available for sale? These are pretty neat, but keep in mind that they only remove debris from the surface of the water. For that reason, even automatic pool skimmers should be accompanied by the traditional skimmers on a pole. Next, pool filters should be regularly checked and cleaned. Every summer, the filtration system is one of the first things that should be checked. Why? Because it works to keep the pool's water healthy and clean. Filters work to remove debris, even debris that can't always be seen by the human eye, such as small dirt particles and tiny skin flakes. Be sure to check all drains to ensure their covers are intact. Damaged or faulty pool drains do pose a significant safety hazard. All aboveground and inground pools should be treated with chlorine. Chlorine helps to keep a pool clean and germ free. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, otherwise known as the CDC, this isn't a process that happens right away, which many are surprised to learn. That is why all pool owners are asked to check and monitor their chlorine levels. Levels should be kept at the levels recommended by either the pool manufacturer or the health department. As previously stated, it is important to make sure that your swimming pool has enough chlorine in it, but you don't want to have too much. Increased levels of chlorine can have a negative impact on swimmers. Symptoms or signs of too much chlorine include skin and eye irritation. Typically, you can tell right away if your pool has too much chlorine, as it has a strong order. Testing can also be performed. To treat this, dilute the water or give the sun time to do its job. In addition to aboveground and inground pools, proper care and maintenance is also important for small pools, also commonly known as kiddie pools. In fact, proper care and maintenance may be even more important. This is because these pools are rarely sold with filtration and drainage systems. Whenever the water become cloudy or dirty, change it. Cover the pool with a plastic sheet or a pool cover that is designed specifically for kiddie pools. As an important reminder, the best way to practice pool safety this summer is to outfit your swimming pool with a safety fence, cover, and pool alarm. Although don't discount the benefits of having a clean and germ free pool. Must Read Pool Safety Tips Are you a pool owner or would you like to become one? If so, it is important that you take the time to familiarize yourself with pool safety tips. When doing so, you are able to protect your children, other loved ones, and keep your pool a fun and safe place to be this summer. Although pool safety is a serious issue that should not be discounted, many pool owners are surprised to learn just how easy it is to accomplish. To get you started: 1 -- Supervision Required If you are a pool owner, never let small children or inexperienced swimmers, even adults, swim in your pool alone. Always closely monitor those inside your pool. Children who do not know how to swim should be no more than an arms length away from an adult. 2 -- Do Not Rely on Flotation Devices As it was previously stated, children who do not know how to swim should be within arms length of an adult. This is important to remember, as many parents have gained a false sense of confidence and security with floatation devices, such as arm floaties or swimsuits with built in floaters. Even children outfitted with lifejackets approved by the United States Coast Guard should never be left unattended. 3 -- Install a Fence Before a swimming pool is filled with water it should be surrounded by a strong and sturdy fence. All pool owners should consult with local officials, as law may require a fence. Pool fences are important because many children drown in accidents when the pool was otherwise not in use. 4 -- Keep a Telephone by the Pool A cordless telephone should always be kept near the pool when it is in use. Cordless phones are recommended, as it enables adults to answer the phone without leaving the pool area. Remember, all it takes is a few seconds for a child to slip underwater. A close by telephone can also result in a quicker call for emergency services. 5 -- Require Approval from Parents If you are a parent, there is a good chance that your children will want to invite friends over for a swim or even a full-fledge pool party. If so, it is vital that you speak to the parents of all guests. Make sure that all children in your pool have permission to be there and that they can swim. 6 -- Section Off Deep and Shallow Ends If you have an inground pool, it is recommended that you section off the deep end of the pool from the shallow end. You may be provided with a small buoyed rope to do so. Inexperienced swimmers need to be able to see where the shallow waters end. 7 -- Remove Pool Ladders If your swimming pool is an aboveground pool, your ladder should be removable. You will want to remove it from the side of the pool after each swim. This is particularly important if there are small children in your home or in your neighborhood. With no ladder, most small children will not be able to go for an unauthorized and unmonitored swim. 8 -- Learn CPR The above mentioned summer pool safety tips can help to reduce the chance of a pool accident, but you always need to be prepared for one. That is why all swimming pool owners should know or learn CPR. For a small and reasonable fee, you may be able to save the life of a loved one. The Importance of Knowing Your Pool Safety Laws Are you a homeowner who would like to install a new pool in your yard? If you are, there is one important step that you need to take. Unfortunately, many individuals believe this step is simply just buying the swimming pool, but it isn't. You need to take the time to review your local and state laws on swimming pools. As for how these pool safety laws work, it varies depending on the state in question. Most states have their own statewide laws. However, a city, town, or county may be able to adjust those requirements, but they usually leave the state law intact. If anything, the adjustments mean stricter rules and regulations. As for why you should know and follow all pool safety laws and requirements, it can save you money. Did you know that you might be fined? Depending on your place of residence, you may first receive a warning, but you may also first receive a fine. You may also be required to take down your aboveground swimming pool. Don't take the chance; save your money. Following all state laws and requirements on pool safety will also reduce your liability. Whether it be a pool accident involving a child in your home, a relative, or a neighbor, you can be held liable for pool accidents. However, the amount that you are held liable for decreases with the more precautions that you take. Most important, all laws and requirements concerning pool safety should be followed because they reduce the likelihood of drowning and other pool accidents. As frustrating as it may be to hear that you need to build a fence around your pool, the requirement isn't made just to upset you. Rather it is made to protect you and all small children in the area. As for what pool safety laws and restrictions you will find, remember that it varies. The best thing that you can do is contact a local government official, namely someone in your code department. This phone number can be found online or in your local phone book. State government websites should have pool safety laws and restrictions clearly outlined and posted on their websites. Just be sure to find updated information. Despite the possibility of a variance, depending on the state in which you reside, there are some common requirements. Many states require the installation of a pool fence. In New York State, a fence must protect all swimming pools that have more than 24 inches of water. This fence must be at least four feet tall. It should surround the pool on all sides, have an automatic door closer and a lock or a latch. Another pool safety law or requirement your state may have concerns pool alarms. Right now, not all states require them, but they are being added each year. Connecticut was the first state to start requiring the installation of pool alarms. New York and California have since followed. With pool alarms, they will sound when there is a disturbance in the water. Most will sound within twenty seconds. In addition to pool safety laws, it is important to examine other requirements that may be on the books. Review your city, town, village, or county building requirements. Did you know that you may be required to purchase a building permit? This is a common requirement. Unfortunately, some pool owners still decide to install their pool anyways. Even if you have an aboveground pool, a building permit may be required. The good news is that they are usually affordable, like around $25 or less. As an important reminder, pool safety laws and restrictions are designed to protect you and small children. Yes, swimming pool fences and alarms do cost money, but they are more than worth the costs. If you cannot afford the cost of a safety fence or a pool alarm, you should rethink your decision to purchase a swimming pool. Pool Deck Safety Tips Are you a homeowner who is looking to install an aboveground pool? If you are, you will find that you have a number of different options. One popular option is that of attaching a swimming pool to a home deck. As nice, convenient, and attractive as this may look, it is important to familiarize yourself with the dangers. When you are well informed, you can better protect yourself. And, protection is key to keeping your pool a fun and safe place to be this summer. As previously stated some pool owners simply just install their aboveground swimming pool right next to their deck. Other homeowners take an extra step and continue to build their deck around their pool. Whichever approach you decide to take, there are a number of pool safety steps that you will want to implement. These steps, a few of which are outlined below, can help to keep the children in your home safe and reduce your liability in the event of a pool accident. If the pool deck you will be using is directly attached to your home, it is likely that the entrance to that deck is a sliding glass door. Sliding glass doors are convenient, but they also make it easier for accidents to occur. Many children know how to open sliding glass doors, even those that are supposed to be or are locked. Sleepwalkers can easily push right through a door that is open, knocking down the screen. Unfortunately, nighttime pool accidents have a higher risk of resulting in fatalities. This is because you are less likely to be alerted to a problem when you are fast asleep. So, what should you do? While your first thought may be to block off your sliding glass door, this can also be risky as well. In the event of a fire or another emergency, you will all exits to your home easily accessible. For that reason, you may want to refrain from jamming the door shut with piece of wood. Instead, install a small fence or gate immediately around your pool. In this case, you would have to enter the deck from your sliding glass door and then open another gate to get to the pool. This gate should be equipped with a small latch that is out of the reach of small children. Other access points should also be examined as well. For example, many slightly elevated decks also have a set of stairs that often lead to the yard. These stairs should be equipped with a latching gate at the top. Although the children in your home are more likely to enter the pool from your sliding glass door, it is also important to be concerned about neighborhood kids or even adults looking to enjoy a midnight swim in your pool. If the above mentioned steps sound like a lot of work, there is another approach that you can take. This step is nice, as it allows you to install your aboveground pool a safe distance away from your home, but still have a deck. This approach involves purchasing a pool with an aluminum deck and fence kit. In fact, you can also build a standalone deck surrounding your swimming pool. Just make sure it has railings and that the stairway to your pool has a latching gate. Most importantly, supervision is a must. When a swimming pool is easy to access, like when located off a home deck, there is a higher risk of pool related accidents. If you are a parent with children in the home, you will not only want to watch and monitor your children when they are swimming, but all the time. If you find a young child missing, the pool is the first place that you should look. Finally, discuss pool safety with your children, even toddlers and preschoolers. Set rules on pool use and enforce them regularly. Summer Pool Safety Tips for Community Pools Are you the parent of a child who likes to swim? If you are and if you aren't a pool owner, your child will likely use your community pool. Community pool are a dream for many parents and children. They are an easy and free way to have fun and cool off during the hot summer. With that said, remember that community pools have the potential to be dangerous, just as residential pools do. Before your first pool visit, it is important to discuss pool safety with your child or children. Make it known that running around the pool is not allowed. If your child cannot swim, make sure they stay near you. In fact, you may want to jump right in the pool with them. As for when you arrive at the community pool, never leave your child unattended. For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, you should be right in the water with them. In fact, you should hold onto them at all times. The same approach can and should be taken for young elementary school aged children who do not know how to swim. Even those who have had swimming lessons still need to be monitored, even in a community pool. Speaking of monitoring, most community pools are equipped with trained lifeguards. There are typically two or three lifeguards on staff at all times. This does not, however, replace the supervision that is required of you. Remember that community pools are popular during the summertime. It may be common to see anywhere from twenty to fifty kids inside. Yes, lifeguards are trained to handle these numbers and respond when danger strikes, but don't rely on a lifeguard to be the sole lifesaver of your child in a community pool. It is also recommend that you keep your child in the shallow end if they are not a strong swimmer. In fact, they may be required to stay there. For safety and liability reasons, most swimmers must first pass a swim test to enter into the deep end. Before getting in the pool with your child, show them where the deep end of the pool starts. As previously mentioned, community pools are very popular during the summertime. This is not only the chance for your child to stay cool in the heat, but it also gives them the opportunity to have fun and make new friends. Be sure to use your best judgment. If the pool is overcrowded, it may be wise to enter the water with your child, even if they can swim. At the very least, encourage them to stay in a less populated area of the shallow water. Roughhousing in the pool may look fun, but it can also be very dangerous. As it was previously stated, you should be in the water at all times with small children who don't know how to swim. This is important as many community pools have restrictions on the use of floatation devices. For example, it is common to see arm floaties prohibited from use. Often times, the only flotation devices allowed are those that are approved by the United States Coast Guard and permission may be required. What is nice about community swimming pools, aside from allowing those without pool access to cool down during the summer time is that they usually offer more than just open swim. During your next visit, ask a lifeguard if swim lessons are offered. Many community pools are closed to the public during the early morning hours for swim lessons. Consider signing your child up. These lessons may be very affordable, especially when compared to private lessons. If you decide to take you child or children swimming in your community pool this summer, remember that safety is key. Always keep a watchful eye on your children and keep them educated on the subject of pool safety. When you do so, they can enjoy swimming pools as they were intended to be fun and safe. The Importance of Educating Others on Pool Safety Are you a parent? If you are and if you have a pool in your backyard, you may be well educated on the subject of pool safety. After all, parents take great steps to protect their children, especially when around dangers such as a swimming pool. As much you strive to protect your children in your swimming pool, you should be concerned when they leave your home. That is why it is important for you to educate those that you know on the subject of pool safety. When it comes to teaching others about pool safety, you may be concerned. You may not want to sound too strict, too pushy, or like you are sticking your nose in someone else's business. With that said, there are simple and unobtrusive ways that you can share the important message of pool safety with those that you know. Before focusing on those ways, it is important to know why you should be concerned. As previously stated, most parents take great steps to protect their children from certain dangers. It is important to remember that not everyone is a parent and not everyone lives up to the title the same way. What does this mean? It means that just because you have a pool safety cover, a pool alarm, and a pool fence installed, it doesn't mean that others do as well. If your child is visiting the home of another pool owner, you should be concerned. In fact, this leads to an easy way to discuss pool safety with those that you know. Do you have a young child who will be visiting the home of a friend or family member? Do you know that they have a swimming pool? If so, casually mentioned pool safety. Ask if their pool is covered or protected by a fence. You may even want to mention that you don't mean to overreact, but that it is just a concern or worry of yours. This will help to ease the uncomfort that you or the pool owner in question may feel. It is particularly important that you inquire about the pool safety steps taken if your child will be staying overnight. Why? Because your child may not be familiar with the layout of the home or the property. If your child were to walk out for a breath of fresh air, could they accidentally fall into the pool? If so, be sure to use your best judgment. Best judgment and first instincts are important when a parent. If you are concerned about pool safety, make your fears known. In the summer months, pool parties are common. If your child, no matter what their age, will be attending a pool party without you, be sure to ask and inquire about safety. This is also your opportunity to casually share a few pool safety tips. Ask if anyone in the home is certified in CPR. Is there is a phone by the pool incase you need to reach your son or daughter? Will the children will be supervised at all times? Most pool owners do know how to keep their pools a fun and safe place to be, but there are others who seem oblivious to pool safety. If you know one of these individuals, you may want to speak up. Of course, be sure to take a helpful and friendly approach. You could outright state the importance of having a pool fence or a pool alarm. Or, you could take the roundabout approach and mention how you saw a great deal on a pool fence while out shopping. Although discussing or inquiring about another person's pool safety standards and expectations may be a conversation that you want to avoid, it is a conversation that all parents must have. You should feel comfortable having this discussion with close friends and family, but even if you must talk to a stranger, do so. A few minutes of uncomfort is better than a lifetime of pain and sorrow. The Importance of Discussing Pool Safety with Children Are you a parent? If you are, have you discussed pool safety with your children? If not, this is a step that you must take. Regardless of your how old or young your children are, the dangers associated with swimming pools are dangers that they need to be aware of. When given the opportunity, most children will avoid dangerous situations, but only if they are educated. That is why all parents need to let their children know that pools can be fun, but unsafe as well. The sooner parents educate their children about pool safety, the better. Young children, such as toddlers and preschoolers, should understand these warnings. Even still, it does not mean that they are ready to be left unsupervised near a swimming pool. What is does mean is that they are at the age where they should be able to comprehend your instructions. As for those instructions, make it known that the pool is off limits without an adult. Elementary school aged children are at the age where they are either learning to swim or know how to swim. If your child doesn't, now is the time to teach them or sign them up for lessons. Once a child knows how to swim, they can and should be taught how to save themselves in the event of a pool accident. As for teaching children how to react in emergencies, you can practice. Have your child jump or "fall," into the pool. Only do this with you right by their side or when you know that they are a strong swimmer. Encourage your child to get the wall of the pool as soon as possible. Aiming for the ladder or stairs is also advised, but you will want to have your children pull themselves and their heads above water first and foremost. As a parent, it is important to know that just because your child does know how to swim, it doesn't mean that they should be left unsupervised or swim alone. Your child also needs to know this as well. Even those who are strong swimmer have the ability to run into trouble or drown. For that reason, set and discuss pool safety rules with your child. As for what rules you should establish, start with never swimming alone. Make it known that you can have fun in the pool, but be safe at the same time. Set the rules of no running around the pool and no roughhousing in the water with friends or siblings. Make sure all children stay away from the pool's drainage system. If you are the parent of a teenager, you may allow your child to swim unattended. This is your choice to make, but use your best judgment. Do you have an inground pool or an aboveground pool? Even experienced swimmers can run into trouble in deep water. Damaged or faulty drainage systems have also been linked to drowning deaths in teenagers and adults. Even parents who don't need to be right by their teenager's side when swimming, should still closely monitor their children's use of the pool. Make a rule that swimming is okay, as long as you are somewhere in the home. As a recap, it is never too soon to start educating children on the subject of pool safety. Summer Pool Safety: Why Quality Is Important When summer arrives, a countless number of pool owners prepare their pools for the swimming season. If you are one of those owners, it is important that you carefully review and inspect all safety equipment. This includes your pool fence, pool alarm, cover, and drain. Look for damages and replace when needed. If you are a new pool owner, it is important to review what safety tools and equipment you need or should have. As for what is needed, it depends on where you reside. Many states have requirements that mandate the installation of a fence around all swimming pools. A small number of states also require pool alarms. Even if you aren't faced with a number of pool safety rules and restrictions, the previously mentioned items are still recommended. If you are a parent, they can help to keep your child alive and well. If you aren't a parent, they can help to reduce your liability in the event of a pool accident that involves a family member or a neighbor's child. If you are interested in buying a pool this season, it is important to include the cost of all required or recommended pool safety tools and equipment pieces. Many homeowners learn too late that they actually cannot afford the cost of their new swimming pool, due to needing a safety fence, alarm, or both. Don't waste money on a pool that you can't afford and don't install a pool knowing that you can't protect it. What is nice about protecting your pool is the choices that you have. In terms of pool safety fences, you can choose from chain linked, wrought iron, wood, and mesh. Aside from appearance, cost is one of the biggest factors taken into consideration. With that said, when it comes to pool safety you should never compromise quality for costs. In terms of pool fences, a chain-linked fence may be cheap, but some fences make it easy for small children to put their feet in and climb. As previously stated, pool alarms are another safety tool that you should utilize this summer. As with fences, a number of different manufacturers make these alarms. While you may head straight for the cheapest box, remember that quality is important. Some pool alarms have received poor ratings from experts and consumers. Even if you intend to purchase an alarm locally, consider reading ratings and reviews online first. A few extra dollars is more than worth it to get a pool alarm that actually works or sounds promptly. As for safety covers, they vary depending on the type of pool in question. Automatic vinyl pool covers are available for inground pools. Mesh safety covers can be used on certain aboveground pools, such as those with decks. This is because mesh safety covers need a strong surface to be anchored to. In terms of affordability, solar pool covers are the cheapest on the market, but they do not offer anything in terms of protection. Unlike automatic vinyl and mesh covers, which you could actually walk on, solar pool covers are not designed to hold weight. Safety pool covers, pool alarms, and fences are just three of the many summer pool safety tools that you may want to utilize this summer. Regardless of what you purchase or where you make your purchase from, remember that quality is more important than saving a few dollars. Summer Pool Safety: Tips for Buying a Pool Cover Are you a new pool owner? If you are, you may be in need of a pool cover. Pool owners reap a number of benefits when their pools are securely covered. These benefits include warmer water temperatures and reduced debris. Although not full-proof, did you know that a pool cover can also be used as a safety tool? It can, but it depends on the type of pool cover you opt to purchase. Solar pool covers are an option selected by many pool owners, as they are very affordable. In fact, they are the cheapest type of pool cover available for sale. While these types of pool covers will help to keep your pool's water warm and debris free, they are not recommended for use as a safety tool. They will collapse when weight is applied, even the weight of a small child. Another risk is posed, as someone who falls into the pool can get tangled in with a lightweight solar or plastic pool cover. Although solar pool covers should not be used as a safety device, you may still be interested in buying one. As previously stated, they are very affordable. You should, however, take additional steps. A pool safety fence is recommended and may even be required by law. A pool safety alarm can also be installed. The alarm will sound when there is a disturbance in the water, such as when someone falls in. Net pool covers are another type that you will find available for sale. Although often regarded as a pool safety cover, it is important to proceed with caution. As for net pool covers, they have tiny squares. These squares are small enough so that a child's head or body cannot fit through them. However, the squares may be too large for a child to talk on the net. While your toddler or preschooler may not drown, they may get their foot stuck. As with most pool covers, net pool covers do come in a number of different formats. Some are combined with plastic or solar covers. If not, you need to take debris into consideration. It may be easy for leaves and bugs to make their way into your pool. Mesh pool covers are another option that you have. They are also referred to as safety covers. While it isn't advised that you walk on mesh pool covers, they are designed to withstand the weight of several adults. The only downside to this type of pool cover is the use. Tightly secured mesh pool covers are safe, but it can be time consuming to secure the cover. Depending on the size of your inground pool, there may be twenty or more hooks that you need to attach the cover to. Although the disadvantages may make it seem as if a mesh pool cover isn't right for you, it may be. As previously stated, when properly secured, they can hold the weight of several adults. They are also the best type of pool cover for pools that aren't used in the wintertime. If you are a parent, remember that your inground pool needs to be protected even in the winter and a mesh pool cover can help you do so. In terms of safety, the best type of pool cover available for sale is that of the vinyl pool cover. Vinyl pool covers have a number of benefits, one being their strength and durability. Although not recommend, vinyl pool covers can be walked on. For inground pools, vinyl automatic pool covers are recommended. They cannot be pulled back without having the key properly in place. As you can see, you have a number of different options when looking to buy a pool cover for your new swimming pool. When making your decision, be sure to carefully review the installation process, as it is important for pool safety protection. If you must, call upon a professional to do the installation for you. Summer Pool Safety: The Importance of Supervision You have likely already heard that supervision is the key to keeping a swimming pool fun and safe. Even still, many pool owners have questions. One of the most common questions asked is who needs to be supervised. Honestly, all swimmers do. Many pool owners and parents, especially parents of teenagers, are actually surprised to hear this. Most drowning accidents involve small children who do not know how to swim. Most of these accidents result from accidental slips or falls into a swimming pool. With that said, these are not the only types of pool accidents that can and do occur. Broken and faulty drainage systems can lead to hair entanglement, which may result in drowning. That is why constant supervision is always recommended for all swimmers, regardless of their age, as you never know. Supervision is also important, as it can help to reduce your liability. Are you hosting a pool party for your children? Or, are you hosting an adult party where children will be present? If so, you may be responsible for the accidents or fatalities that occur on your property, this includes in your swimming pool. Your liability can and should be reduced if you can prove that you took precautionary measures. These measures should include a pool alarm and a pool fence, but never underestimate the power of supervision. As for newborns and infants, they should never, under any circumstances, be left alone in or near a swimming pool. Most parents are well aware of this safety measure, but some have gained a false sense of security with pool accessories. There are a number of swimming pool toys and accessories on the market today that are designed for infants. They typically involve having a child lay on or sit in a floating device. Even when these items are used, supervision is required, as they are not considered lifesaving devices. Experts have even noted that more risk can be assumed, as they can easily slid or turnover. Toddlers and preschoolers should also be supervised at all times. Never leave a small child alone near a swimming pool, especially one that cannot swim. In fact, this is the age range when children should start learning how to swim. Even then, constant monitoring and supervision is required. Also, at this age, refresher courses at the start of each pool seasons are advised. Returning back to floating devices, there are a number of items that are marketed towards toddlers and preschoolers. One item that is increasing in popularity is that of swimsuits with built-in floaters. They are designed to help adults teach children how to swim, but they are not considered lifesaving devices. There is still the possibility that a child could roll or flip. When unsupervised, this could result in a small child finding itself stuck underwater. Elementary school aged children should still be supervised when in or around a swimming pool. Parents are encouraged to teach their children how to swim at this stage if they haven't already learned. If you are a pool owner, teach your child yourself or have them take lessons with a trained professional. As for teenagers and adult visitors, they are generally able to safely swim unsupervised, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your eyes and ears open. If you are a parent, know that just because other parents allow their teens to swim unwatched, you don't have to do the same. The real danger for teenage and adult swimmers is the risk of entanglement in a drainage system. For that reason, proper pool care and maintenance should be practiced as well. As highlighted above, it is important to supervisor all swimmers, especially when they are in a pool that you own. It isn't the only summer pool safety step that you can take, as pool alarms and fences can also be installed, but it is one of the most important. Close and careful monitoring of all swimmers can help to protect your loved ones, as well as your wallet. Pool Safety Tools and Equipment Reviewed If you are a swimming pool owner or if you are interested in becoming one, it is important to familiarize yourself with pool safety tools and equipment pieces. Although law may not require these items, they are always recommended. One of the most important pieces of pool safety equipment that you could ever invest in is that of a pool fence. Laws for pools that contain more than 24 inches of water often require pool fences. Even when law does not require a pool fence, one should be installed. They are considered a must for inground pools. When a pool safety fence is properly used, the risk of drowning related accidents significantly decrease. Before buying a pool fence, you are urged to review your local and state laws. With that said, all pool fences should be at least four feet high, come with a self-closing gate, and latch. You should have freedom when choosing which style fence you want. Wrought iron, mesh, wood, and chain-linked fences are popular. In keeping with pool safety fences, it is a wise idea to examine gate alarms. These are alarms that will attach to the gate of your fence. When the alarm is activated and the gate opens, the alarm should sound. If you have children in your home who are not allowed to swim unsupervised, but do know how to open the gate, an alarm should be considered a must have. Pool safety covers are another pool safety tool that you may want to use. However, know that there is a difference between traditional pool covers, such as solar covers, and safety covers. Safety covers should not be walked or played on, but they are designed to withstand the weight of an adult. Pool alarms are a pool safety tool that is still relatively unheard of. With that in mind, the level of protection that they provide should be screamed from the rooftops. All pool owners should have a pool alarm installed. Of course, nothing is as safe as a constant supervision and pool fences, but pool alarms aren't far behind. When activated, pool alarms will sound when they notice a disturbance in the water. Since many fatalities occur when no one is supposed to be swimming, pool alarms can help to save lives. Although not as highly regarded as pool safety covers, pool fences, and alarms, pool safety hooks are always a good idea to have on hand. These hooks are also commonly marketed and sold as Shepard's hooks. In the event of an emergency, they can be used as a lifesaving device. Adults are able to use the hook to grab the swimsuit or clothing of a swimmer in trouble and pull them to the surface and then the side of the pool. Despite the recommendation, know that nothing is better than a strong adult swimmer who can provide aid and assistance. As you can see, a number of safety tools and equipment pieces can be used to keep your pool fun and safe this summer. In fact, there are other items available for sale as well. You may want to just start shopping and see what you find available. As an important reminder, all of the pool safety tools in the world cannot and should not replace the watchful eye of an adult. Kiddie Pool Safety Tips When it comes to pool safety, most warnings are meant for aboveground and inground swimming pools. This, however, does not mean that kiddie pools are one hundred percent safe. With that said, there are steps that you can take to make sure yours is. First and foremost, it is important to remember that children can drown in only a few inches of water. Unfortunately, this is a fact that many parents and kiddie pool owners do not know. Despite what you may have heard, a child's body does not have to be fully submerged in water to drown. This means that although the drowning numbers are less for kiddie pools, the risk is still there. If you are a parent who has a kiddie pool in your yard, be sure to talk about the pool with your children. You may be surprised how early your children can understand and follow your rules. All toddlers and preschoolers need to know the dangers of water and the importance of supervision. Make it known that if your child wants to go swimming, they need to ask. Due to their size and the limited amount of water, these small pools are popular among parents with newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers. They, however, aren't the only buyers. Are you a renter who wants place to cool off, but can't install a full-fledge aboveground pool? Are you limited on space? Even if you don't have small children in your home, it is important to practice pool safety. If you are a renter, are there other children in the building or in the surrounding area? If so, keep a watchful eye on your pool. Discuss the use of your pool, which you should prohibit, with children and their parents. One safety step that is recommended for aboveground and inground pools is the installation of a fence. Most states have requirements, but your kiddie pool may be exempt from these requirements. Often times, 24 inches of water or more is needed before a fence is required. That doesn't mean that you can't set up a temporary fence. A great alterative to outfitting your small pool with a fence is to empty the water from it. Yes, this can be a time consuming process, but it may provide you with comfort and peace of mind, especially if you are a parent. The good news is that kiddie pools don't take much time to fill back up. If you are a parent, it is advised that you keep your pool away from other outdoor toys. If your child were to sneak outdoors, chances are they will go straight to their toys. Don't let your pool be found within them. Many children may find it too tempting to not walk or jump right in. Aside from accidental drowning, there is another concern that is often associated with kiddie pools. That concern is unsanitary water. Kiddie pools do not come equipped with water pumps and filtration systems. This means that there is a high risk for contaminated water. As previously stated, emptying the pool regularly can help to reduce accidental drowning, but it can also help to keep the water clean and safe. In keeping with contaminated water, empty and clean the pool whenever you notice cloudy water or notice slippery sides. When doing so, there are a number of chemicals that you can use, such as bleach that is safely diluted. If chemicals are used, the pool should be thoroughly rinsed and then rinsed again, just to be on the safe side. A pool brush can also be used on a kiddie pool. In addition to traditional pools for children, it is also important to examine combination pools. These products have a slip and slide like surface that leads to a shallow pool. As fun as these can be, they pose numerous safety risks. For that reason, the above mentioned steps should also be implemented.
How to Talk to Toddlers and Preschoolers About Pool Safety Are you the parent of a toddler or a preschooler? If you are, do you have a swimming pool in your backyard? If so, have you spoken to your child about pool safety? If not, this is a step that you will soon want to take. As for why you should discuss pool safety with your child, it can help to save their life. What better reason is there? In addition, children can retain information at a young age. Of course, you will always want to offer reminders to your child, but it is never too soon to educate them about swimming pools and their dangers. The more aware you make your child; the less likely you are to be faced with a difficult situation, which may include a fatality. While it is important to discuss pool safety with small children, namely toddlers and preschoolers, you do not want to outright put fear in your child. You will want them to enjoy the swimming pool, not fear it. However, that enjoyment can only occur when you are right by their side. That is why you will want to proceed with caution. You can outright talk to your child about pool safety. Let them know that they can be a lot of fun, but that they can also be dangerous. For example, if your child doesn't know how to swim, explain to them what would happen if they fall in. You may want to refrain from brining death into the discussion, but it is your decision to make. Speaking of not knowing how to swim, now is the time to either teach your child or sign them up for swim lessons. Another effective approach to take is to show your child the pool. Show them how deep it is and how dangerous that deep water can be. Let them know that they are not allowed in the pool without you by their side. You may also want to show your child that they can only go swimming with a swimsuit. Of course, you will need to make sure that you keep that suit out of your child's reach. With this approach, they may be more likely to ask you to go swimming, as opposed to trying by themselves. If you decide to walk your child out to the pool and discuss safety with them there, now is also the time to create boundaries. If you have a pool fence installed, which you should, let your child know that they are not allowed to play too close to it. Set an imaginary boundary and ask your child not to cross that point. Once again, most toddlers and preschoolers are at the age where they should understand these types of directions. As for teaching your child what to do in the event of an accident, like a fall in, there are a number of pros and cons to doing so. Yes, you want your child to know what to do, but many parents are afraid this may provide their children with false confidence. Some feel that they may encourage young children to jump right in the pool, even when unattended, as they think they know how to handle the situation. As for what you should definitely not do, do not show your child how to unlock or unlatch the pool fence gate. This is something that you will want to keep to yourself. In fact, when entering the pool with your child at your side, try to block their view. A pool fence essentially become ineffective when your child knows how to get around it. Although there are a number of different ways that you can educate your toddler or preschooler on the subject of pool safety, it is important to remember that the responsibility of keeping your child safe lays with you. Never leave your child unsupervised around a swimming pool, even if you are not swimming at the time. Install a pool safety fence. Even if law doesn't require one, it is still a good pool safety tool to utilize. Pool alarm and safety covers are recommended as well. A Pool Safety Fence Buying Guide Are you interested in buying an aboveground or an inground swimming pool? If so, you should make another purchase as well. That purchase is a safety fence. Many states have strict safety fence requirements. With that said, even if your state doesn't, there are a number of benefits to installing a fence around your swimming pool. As previously stated, there are a number of benefits to the installation and use of a pool fence. One of those benefits is safety. If you are the parent of a young child, it is important to remember that some kids are like magicians. Even when in a well-supervised environment, they can often find a way to disappear. A fence can help to ensure that your child isn't found in your swimming pool. A pool fence can also help to reduce liability. Even if you aren't a parent, take a close look at your neighborhood. Are there kids around? If so, you should know that pools are attractive to children. A pool fence can help to protect you, as well as a neighborhood kid that may venture onto your property. You are less likely to be held liable for a pool accident when you can prove that you did take the proper precautions. Now that you know just a few of the many benefits to outfitting your swimming pool area with a safety fence, you may be curious as to how you can get started. You will first want to familiarize yourself with your buying options. You may be surprised how many different fence styles are currently available for sale. These styles include wood, metal, and mesh. For decor purposes, wood comes highly rated and recommended. Do you take pride in your property? If so, wood may be the best option for you. A wood fence will look nice when surrounded by small bushes or garden flowers. In terms of safety, wood fences are usually harder to climb. As for installation, if you opt for a wood fence, you will likely have to build the fence yourself. Precut pieces can be found or custom cut at one of your local home improvement stores. For safe installation, be sure to purchase a guide on building fences or at least use the internet to find detailed directions. It is not uncommon to find metal, wrought iron, and aluminum fences grouped into the same category. This is due to the closeness in appearance. Although aluminum fences are cheaper and durable, wrought iron fences come highly rated and recommended. When choosing a metal, wrought iron, or aluminum fence style, it is important to examine ease of climbing. Often times, the decorative fences are easier to climb, as they tend to have decor that can be used as a guide. For example, a horizontal bar on the base of the fence as well as one at the top can make it very easy for someone, even a child, to scale the fence. Mesh pool fences, another one of your options, are increasing in popularity. They are recommended for inground pools. This is due in part to the concrete surrounding the pool. Most mesh fences use this concrete as an anchor. It also helps to stabilize the fence. What is unique about mesh fences is that they are easy to remove. In fact, they are also commonly referred to and sold as removable fences. Removable fences are recommended if you foresee a renovation in your future. Would you like to build a pool house? Would you like to add more patio space to your pool area? If your answer is yes, you can easily do so. Mesh fences are easy to install, take down, add on other sections, and close back up. As you can see, you have a number of different pool safety fence buying options. Whichever style you decide on, purchase a fence that is at least four feet high. You may want to consult with local government officials before making your purchase. A Pool Alarm Buying Guide Are you a pool owner? Whether you have had your pool for years or if you are looking to install one this summer, pool safety should be a concern. To provide your pool with protection and to help ensure that it is a fun and safe place to be, you should equip yours with a pool alarm. When it comes to pool alarms, many home and pool owners are concerned with the costs. Many do not want to spend more money than they have to. Before making the decision, you need to check with your local state, town, city, village, or county officials. Some states, including New York, Connecticut, and California, require the installation of pool alarms in all new pools. Even if they are not mandated, pool alarms do have a number of benefits. As for buying a pool alarm, decide what type of alarm is right for you. In the past, pool alarms were only available for inground and aboveground pools with hard sides. This is because the alarm would attach to the side of the pool. There are now, however, alarms that can be used on inflatable pools, which have soft sides. Typically, these alarms float and sound when a disturbance is made in the water. As it was previously stated, there are a number of different pool alarms currently available for sale. Although they all have the same goal, know that some alarms do vary. Most will sound within twenty seconds of noticing a problem, but some pool alarms may do so in a longer or shorter period of time. Remember the faster an alarm sounds, the quicker you can react and possibly save a life. For the utmost protection, SonarGuard pool alarms should be examined, as they can detect a child in the pool in less than one second! When purchasing an item that can essentially be considered a lifesaving device, it is important to do the proper amount of research. Did you know that some pool alarms received poor ratings with experts? On the other hand, others received high ratings. Since you will find a variance, do the research online first. Visit websites, like Amazon.com, where products can be rated and reviewed. Do not purchase a pool alarm with a large number of complaints or unsatisfactory ratings. Next, it is important to know your buying options, in terms of purchase points. Many consumers make the mistake of assuming that pool equipment must be purchased from where they bought their swimming pool. This is not true. In fact, you may find yourself paying more. It is not uncommon for specialty stores, such as those that sell and install pools, to increase the prices of items out of their specialty, such as toys and accessories. For that reason, always price compare. For the largest selection of pool alarms and for the best prices, you will want to shop online. To get started, perform a standard internet search with the phrase "pool alarms." You should be connected to online retailers that sell them. If you are looking to shop locally, visit your local home improvement stores and department stores. In addition to a pool alarm, try a gate alarm. They are recommended when your pool is protected by a fence. The alarm should sound when the gate is opened. Whether you purchase a pool alarm, gate alarm, or both, be sure to perform a test. Make sure that your alarms work before relying too heavily on them. 5 Reasons Why You Should Install a Pool Fence Are you a pool owner? If you are, you may be contemplating installing a pool fence. Although a fence is recommended, you may be looking for reassurance that you are making the right decision. After all, high-end pool fences can cost thousands of dollars. As for why you should install a fence around your swimming pool, five great reasons why are outlined below. 1 -- It Is an Amazing Safety Tool On the market today, you can find an unlimited number of items that are commonly referred to as pool safety tools. Just a few of these items include pool safety covers, pool alarms, and flotation devices. The more safety tools you use, the better protected you will be, but the greatest of all is a fence around your swimming pool. Why? Because if your swimming pool area is outfitted with a strong and sturdy fence, the chances of anyone getting inside are slim to none. 2 -- It Can Help to Reduce Your Liability If you are a parent, a pool fence is a must. However, even if you aren't a parent, you can still benefit from installing one in your yard. Do you have children in your neighborhood? If one of those children made their way into your yard and fell into your swimming pool, even when uninvited, you could be held liable. It all depends on the safety measures taken, as well as the family of the victim. Don't take any chances. A pool safety fence can help to keep unwanted guests from your pool, keeping it a fun, safe, and affordable place for you to sit back and relax. 3 -- Your Buying Options As it was previously stated, high-end swimming pool fences can sell for thousands of dollars. The good news, however, is that you don't have to spend that much. Depending on the size of your swimming pool and the type of fence you install, you could walk away only spending a few hundred dollars. Even if this seems like a lot, remember that a fence around your swimming pool can help to protect your children or reduce your liability from stranger or neighborhood related accidents. In keeping with your buying options, there are a number of pool fences available for sale. These include a number of wood styles, mesh, aluminum, iron, and metal. When making your decision, be sure to examine costs and consumer ratings. 4 -- Ease of Installation At first glance, a installing a fence around your pool may seem like a task that you just want to avoid. Yes, it can be difficult to do, but it all depends on the type of fence you purchase. Mesh pool fences are the easiest to install. Depending on where you make your purchase from, free installation may be included the overall cost. In fact, professional installation is something that you will want to closely examine, regardless of whether or not it is included. 5 -- Because It May Be the Law Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should have a pool fence installed is because you may be required to by law. Did you know that many pool owners are actually surprised when they receive a fine from their local code enforcer? Before your swimming pool is up and running, be sure to check your local and state laws concerning fences around swimming pools. For example, in New York State all swimming pools that hold more than 24 inches of water must have a pool fence installed, even aboveground swimming pools. As an important reminder, a fence around your swimming pool is an amazing safety tool. With that said, it is only if you properly use it. Be sure to keep your gate locked at all times. This may take some practice on your part to get use to, but always keep your gate locked. Be sure to keep all chairs, toys, and ladders away from the fence to prevent someone from climbing it. An alarm on your gate is also recommended. 5 Reasons Why You Should Install a Pool Alarm Are you looking to have a swimming pool installed in your backyard? Whether you do your shopping locally or online, you will find a number of swimming pool accessories available for sale. One of those accessories is a pool alarm. If you are like many other new pool owners, you may be curious whether or not this is an item that you need. Please continue reading on for five reasons why a pool alarm is considered a must have. 1 -- It May Be Required By Law Did you know that many state and local governments have strict laws concerning swimming pools? Many home and pool owners are actually surprised to hear this. Typically, you will find requirements for pool fences, but many states are now starting to mandate swimming pool alarms as well. For example, all pools installed or constructed after December 14, 2006 in New York must come equipped with a pool alarm. Does your state have this similar requirement? You should know before you buy your next swimming pool or at least before it is up and running. 2 -- It Is a Pool Safety Tool As for why some states are starting to require the installation and use of pool alarms, it is because they are a great pool safety tool to utilize. When properly used, pool alarms can help to reduce fatalities associated with drowning. This is because these alarms are designed to sound when there is a disturbance in the water. This includes a child or even an adult falling into the pool. While you will find some variations, most alarms are designed to sound within twenty seconds of that disturbance. SonarGuard can and will sound instantly. If you are a parent, a pool safety alarm can give you great comfort and peace of mind. Of course, it shouldn't replace constant supervision and a watchful eye. 3 -- It Can Reduce Liability One of the biggest complaints made by some pool owners is that they don't have a child, so why do they need to have a pool alarm? It is important to remember that just because you don't have a child in your home, it doesn't mean that one can't make their way into your pool. Do you have young children who visit your home? Do you have small children in the neighborhood? If so, a pool alarm is needed. In terms of liability, it is hard to state whether or not you will be held liable for an accident in your pool. It depends on a number of factors, including precautions taken, the outcome of the accident, the victim's family, and your local and state laws. Don't let it get the point where you are concerned about liability though. Protect your swimming pool with an alarm. 4 -- They Are Easy to Install Another pool safety tool that is recommend is that of a fence. Although fences are recommended and even occasionally required by law, they can be hard to install. In fact, professional installation is often used. That isn't the case with pool alarms. They are easy to install. In fact, with detailed directions provided by the manufacturer, it could take you five minutes or less to do so! 5 -- Your Buying Options Pool safety alarms are sold by a number of retailers, both on and offline. Just because you buy your pool from one retailer, it doesn't mean that you also have to buy your pool alarm from there. You can price compare. Just make sure that you have an alarm and that it is installed as soon as your pool is filled with water. As an important reminder, equipping your pool with a pool alarm is recommend, but it isn't always enough. Be sure to check the alarm for yourself. Set it so that your pool is protected and jump in. Does the alarm sound as required? If you have children in your home or even in your neighborhood, remember that a watchful eye is the best way to implement pool safety this summer. Why SonarGuard Is The Best Pool Alarm Around Across the country, a number of states are now mandating the use of pool alarms. Some states, such as New York and Connecticut, already do so. Pool alarms are becoming important issues for lawmakers. When pool alarms are required, but your pool isn't equipped with one, you could be fined. Even when pool alarms are not mandated by law, they should be used. Unfortunately, many parents report never hearing a sound when their child falls into the pool. This is what causes most slips or fall ins to become fatalities. If you are looking to outfit your swimming pool with a pool alarm, whether you are doing so independently or as required by your state, you will find that you have a large number of options. There are a number of pool alarms currently available for sale. When making your purchase, know that not all alarms are created equal. In fact, only a few have passed the tests of experts. One of those alarms is the SonarGuard. As for what make a SonarGuard pool alarm stand apart from the competition, it starts with early detection. Most pool alarms are designed to sound within twenty seconds worth of time. Yes, twenty seconds does sound like a quick rate of speed, but time is vital when a child is submerged underwater. SonarGuard will alert you to a child, pet, or unauthorized swimmer in an unprecedented one second or less. The SonarGuard pool alarm is also different than other pool alarms on the market today because it makes room for disturbances caused by wind and rain. Many "cheap," pool alarms cannot do this. Unfortunately, this means that you are often sent running for the pool under false pretences. This can create a number of different problems. As a parent, it can cause unnecessary panic and anxiety. Also, when pool alarms are falsely triggered, some parents become immune to them. The sound generated from the SonarGuard is another reason why this pool alarm stands apart from the competition. The sound created is one that you will notice. It is very distinctive. There is no confusing the alarm with the television, music, cell phone, alarm clock, or other common household noises. Make no mistake, when the SonarGuard sounds, your pool is the place that you need to be. The alarm in the pool is invisible. The alarm itself works by creating an invisible sonar net. Although pool alarms are typically marketed as a lifesaving device for parents, it is also important to remember that mischievous teenagers and adults are known for jumping in other people's pools late at night. You can easily be alerted to this type of behavior within a second. The SonarGuard pool alarm can easily be put in standby mode. Adults can do so with the remote keypad. This is important if your family wants to enjoy a fun day poolside. Cheaper and often unreliable pool alarms are difficult or and sometimes impossible to deactivate, which could ruin the fun that you had planned for the delay. The good news is that the SonarGuard can be restarted and working again in as little as a few seconds! The SonarGuard was developed by RJE International. They are well-known, around the world, for the use of updated technology. In fact, RJE International has supplied navigation and sonar equipment to the military! That alone should give you enough reassurance to know that you are purchasing a quality, well designed pool alarm that works. Want a Pool? Your Options Reviewed Are you a homeowner who is looking to buy a pool? If you are, you may be unsure as to which type you should purchase. After all, you do have a number of different options. For your convenience, a few of those options, as well as their pros and cons, are outlined below. Inground Swimming Pools Inground swimming pools are popular, as they are attractive and typically large in size. One of the few downsides to inground swimming pools is their cost. Although the materials for the pool are reasonably priced, the construction required for installation needs to be closely examined. In addition to their beauty, inground pools are popular because they often have a shallow and a deep end. This is ideal for homeowner with children in different age groups. Experienced swimmers can swim in the deep end, while their younger siblings can stay in the shallow end. For safety reasons, be sure to separate the two ends of the pool. This will prevent small children or inexperienced swimmers from accidentally entering deep water. Aboveground Swimming Pools with Hard Sides Hard-sided aboveground swimming pools are commonly referred to as one of the safest types of pools available for sale. Although not one hundred percent safe, the elevation does help to reduce accidental slips and falls. When properly installed, the water depth should be the same throughout the pool. Unlike with inground pools, you do not have to worry about a child accidentally crossing into the deep end. Of course, constant supervision is still recommended. The biggest con or downside to aboveground swimming pools is their appearance. Some homeowners are concerned with how an aboveground pool will look in their yard. Yes, some pools can be unattractive on the eyes, but many nice styles are also available for sale. You can also take additional steps, such as building a deck around your pool to improve its appearance. Aboveground Inflatable Swimming Pools Inflatable pools are rapidly increasing in popularity. This is because they are cheap to buy and easy to setup. With that said, know that they aren't known for being the safest pools on the market. One of the reasons for this is because the sides of the pool are soft. This means that a child or even an adult could fall into the pool when leaning against the sides. Inflatable pool owners also mentioned having problems finding compatible pool alarms. Kiddie Pools Kiddie pools, which are also known as small swimming pools, may not be your first choice for having a pool in your backyard, but they may be your only option. If you are a renter or if you are limited on space, they are still a great way to cool off during the summertime. If you opt for a kiddie pool, keep safety in mind, as it only takes a few inches of water for a child or an adult to drown. As you can see, you have a number of different pool buying options. As for which type of pool is best for you, it should depend on a number of factors. These factors should include the size of your yard, the members of your family, your own personal preferences, and your budget. Regardless of which type of swimming pool you opt for, it is important to familiarize yourself with your local and state laws and requirements concerning pools. It is common for pool fences and building permits to be required. Hosting a Pool Party? Safety Tips to Keep In Mind Are you a pool owner who is looking to host a fun pool party this summer? If you are, safety should always be on your mind. The more swimmers there are in your pool, the more cautious you need to be. When hosting a pool party, it is important to never leave your guests unattended. This includes adults as well. If you have an inground pool, know that not all adults are strong swimmers and some may find themselves in trouble in deep water. It is also important to examine your guests. If you are planning a pool party for your child and their friends, extra precautionary steps must be taken. Let all parents know that this isn't just a traditional summer party, but a pool party. You may want to speak directly with the parents of all guests. Do their children know how to swim? Are there special needs or safety requirements that you need to know about? In keeping with examining your guests, adult pool parties also need to be properly planned. Your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers may have children. Do you want the children to attend? If not, state that the party is an only adult party. If children are present, it is important to monitor their activity when in or around your pool. Yes, parents should be responsible for their own children, but know that you may be held liable in the event of a pool accident. Speaking of liability, did you just buy or install your swimming pool? If so, has your homeowners insurance been updated? If not, now is the time to do so, especially before your party. Despite the possibility of a variance, insurance can protect you when someone gets injured on your property. Your claim may, however, be denied if your insurance company never knew that you had a swimming pool. You should also consider the drinks that will be served at your pool party. If you intend to have an adult only pool party, do you intend to serve alcohol? Of course, you can do so, but use your best judgment. Swimming pools and alcohol don't always make the perfect match. A strong adult swimmer can easily find themselves in trouble when their alcohol content reaches high levels. As a pool owner, you may have strict rules for your pool, especially if you are a parent. These rules may include no roughhousing and no running. Even when adults are in attendance, it is important to stick with your original rules and instincts. Don't be concerned with putting a damper on your party, as safety is more important. What you can do is purchase fun pool toys and accessories, such as volleyball nets and basketball hoops that are designed for the pool. Since pool parties are often accompanied with backyard barbeques, be sure to keep the gate to your pool fence closed when it is not in use. This is particularly the case when small children will be present. Unfortunately, most pool accidents and drowning deaths occur when no one was supposed to be in the pool or when all adults were occupied. Do not rely on the last guest out of the pool area to close your fence, you do so yourself. By implementing a few of the above mentioned steps, you can help to ensure that your next summer pool party is not only fun, but safe too. Easy Ways to Keep Your Pool a Safe Place to Be This Summer Are you looking to buy a swimming pool? If you are, it is important to take the time to familiarize yourself with summer pool safety tips. Why? Because if you don't see yourself being able to implement these tips, a few of which are outlined below, you may want to rethink your decision to purchase a pool. There is nothing worse than losing a relative due to a pool accident or being held liable for one. All pool owners need to keep their eyes and ears open, even when someone isn't scheduled to use the pool. When you are a pool owner, all children in your home need to be closely monitored. It may take less than two minutes for a child in your home to make their way and fall into your swimming pool. It is also important to always be on the lookout for neighborhood kids who may try to enter your pool. Even if you there aren't children living full-time in your home, you still need to take steps to childproof your pool and pool area. One of the best ways to keep your swimming pool a fun and safe place to be this summer is to install a fence. When doing so, it should completely surround your pool. Safety fences are recommended for all types of swimming pools, but they are considered a must have for inground pools. In fact, did you know that your local or state government may have laws that require the installation of a fence? Safety fences around pools are a great way to keep your pool safe, but they aren't reliable unless you use them correctly. Every time you enter or leave your pool area, close and lock the gate. Making this a habit reduces the likelihood of you accidentally leaving it open. Since children, even young children, are often able to open a closed or even latched gate, you may want to go the extra mile and install a pool alarm. Pool alarms are a great summer pool safety tool to use, as they come in a number of different formats. For starters, you can purchase one that attaches to the door of your fence. Whenever an unexpected guest opens the door, the alarm should sound. There are also alarms that are designed to go into the pool. They will sound when the water is disturbed, such as when someone unexpectedly jumps or falls into the water. Most swimming pools, including those in and above ground rely on the use of ladders. If you intend to install an inground swimming pool, it is important to verify that all ladders are secure before allowing anyone, especially children in the pool. As for aboveground pools, it is a wise idea to remove the ladder after every swim. Should a child make their way to your pool, they should not be able to enter it without the assistance of the missing ladder. As previously stated, a great way to keep your pool a safe place is to always keep your eyes and ears open. All swimmers, including young adults and teenagers, should be closely monitored when swimming. For smaller children, such as toddlers and preschoolers, do not rely on flotation devices to keep them safe. Swimsuits equipped with floaters are increasing in popularity, but they should not replace the close monitoring and supervision of an adult. The above mentioned steps will help to reduce pool accidents in your backyard, but it is still ideal to be prepared for an accident. Always bring a cordless phone to the pool area with you. This allows you to take incoming calls without leaving young swimmers unattended and it also always you to quickly call for help, should an accident occur. If you aren't familiar with CPR, it is recommended that you take a course. Most non-profit organization, such as the Red Cross, offer them for an affordable fee. How to Make the Most Out of a Pool Safety Fence Pool fences, also commonly known as pool safety fences, are one of the best ways to keep your swimming pool a fun and safe place to be. When properly used, the risk of pool accidents and drowning facilities decrease significantly. However, the keyword is properly used. If you have yet to purchase a fence for your swimming pool, you will want to take the time to examine all of your buying options. You may be surprised just how many you have. For instance, you can choose from wood, metal, or mesh. As for what you do buy, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. These factors include your budget, as well as your yard theme, if you have one. For example, a wood fence may look right at home with a garden positioned nearby. It is also important to note the buying options that you have, in terms of purchase locations. Remember that you don't have to buy your pool fence from the same place that you bought your swimming pool. Whether or not you are on a limited budget, you should still price compare to save money. You can purchase this important summer pool safety tool at most swimming pool stores and home improvement stores. Returning to pool fences that provide the most protection, be sure to choose one with a gate that locks or latches. It is recommended that the lock or latch be up high and out of reach from small children. Some parents and pool owners wonder about key locks or combination locks. Yes, they will provide you with the most protection, but they may also slow you down in the event of an emergency, such as a child who climbs over your fence and falls in the pool. Speaking of climbing over a fence, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this from happening. One of those steps is to purchase a fence that is at least four feet high. This height is difficult, if not impossible, for most children and even some adults to climb. Next, be sure to keep the area surrounding the fence free and clear. This means no chairs, ladders, or even toys. When a child or even an adult is determined to make it in your pool, these items can be used to help climb over a fence. Another step that you can take involves installing an alarm on the gate. When the alarm is activated and the gate opens, it should sound. This will alert you and allow you to take the appropriate action. In keeping with alarms, pool alarms are also recommended, as they are a great safety tool to utilize. They sound when there is a disturbance in the water. With most alarms sounding within twenty seconds, a serious tragedy may be avoided. As valuable as having a fence installed around your swimming pool is, the purpose is defeated if your gate is regularly left open. For many, it can be a hard habit to get into, but it is important that you try. Every time you enter or leave the pool area, be sure to close and latch the gate. Practice makes perfect. It is also important to look at the installation process. For large inground pools, the installation can be a complicated and time consuming processes. If you opt for self-installation, be sure to closely follow all instructions provided to you. When in doubt, professional installation is recommended. In fact, look for pool fences where the installation costs are included in the purchase price. As you can see, there are a number of ways that you can maximize this important pool safety tool. With that said, a swimming pool fence should not replace supervision. If you are a parent, always know where your children are. As previously stated, pool alarms are another great safety tool to utilize, as are safety covers. How to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Pool This Summer Are you a pool owner who is also a parent? If you are, you want your pool to be a fun and safe place for your children to hangout this summer. The good news is that doing so isn't as hard as it may sound. Most importantly, you need to always monitor and supervise your children when they are in the pool. For children who don't know how to swim, you should be right in the pool alongside them. Even those who have had swimming lessons still need constant supervision when in the water. One easy step that you can take to practice summer pool safety is to keep a telephone nearby. This is helpful for a number of different reasons. First, it allows you to quickly call for help in the event of an emergency. It can also help to reduce those emergencies. If you receive a phone call, having the phone by the pool will allow you to take the call, but without having to leave those in the water unsupervised. If you need to buy a cordless phone, standard phones start selling at around $20. In addition to a telephone, there are other pool safety items that you will want to keep by the pool. These items include a pool safety hook and a life preserver. Know, however, that these items should only be used as a last resort. When a child is in danger, the best thing is to have an adult jump in. Speaking of what to do when faced with a pool accident, it is always risky when children are in the water. If you are parent, you are encouraged to learn CPR. If you don't already know, take a training class. These classes are offered for affordable rates and possibly even free of charge by many non-profit organizations, such as the Red Cross. As previously stated, having a life preserver on hand is recommended. This should be kept separate from many similar looking pool toys. As for those toys and accessories, you should proceed with caution. Some items, such as swimsuits with built in floaters, arm floaties, and body rings, are marketed as floating devices. While they do float, they should not replace supervision. Any child who cannot swim or stay afloat on their own, should always be within the reach of an adult. In keeping with pool toys and accessories, remove them from the pool. This is particularly true with ride on toys that look like fun for toddlers and preschoolers. If you have a pool house, store and lock all pool toys and accessories inside. If not, deflate the blowup toys and store them with others in a large, yet secure bin. This should help to reduce the temptation and attractiveness of a swimming pool. Aside from constant supervision, one of the best ways to keep your kids safe this summer pool season is to install a fence around your swimming pool. Many states require that all pool owners do so. With that said, a fence should be installed, even when not required by law. Pool accidents, such as drowning, do occur when the pool is in use, but most fatalities occur when it is not. If your child wanders from your sight, a fence can keep them away from your pool. Once a fence is installed, keep the gate closed and locked at all times. If you are not a pool owner right now, but looking to become one, you will need to decide on a point of installation. Whether you are looking to buy an inground pool, aboveground pool, large inflatable pool, or even just a kiddie pool, put it a safe distance away from your home. Children are more likely to suffer from accidental fall ins when the swimming pool is located close to the home. The act itself also happens faster when a child doesn't have to walk far. Word Coucnt 652 How to Discuss Pool Safety with a Relative Are you a parent? If you are, pool safety should be at the front of your mind, even if your backyard isn't home to a swimming pool. Why? Because pools are everywhere, even if not necessarily in your yard. For that reason, there may come a point in time when you need to discuss pool safety with a close and loved relative, but how do you do so? Before focusing on ways that you can discuss pool safety with a relative, it is important to examine the situations that may call for a discussion. If you are the parent of young children, you may need a night off. Often times, we call upon a trusted relative to do the watching. Does that relative have a swimming pool? If so, you should be concerned, as should your family member. This is particularly true if your child will be staying overnight. Nighttime pool accidents have the potential to be deadly. This is because children unfamiliar with the layout of a property can easily find themselves in the middle of a swimming pool, especially one that isn't protected by a safety fence. Nighttime pool accidents are also dangerous because most adults are fast asleep. They may not hear a child leave the room, home, or even fall into the pool. That is why if you have concerns, you have every right to make them known. As previously stated, you may not have your own swimming pool. If you do, your child should already be educated on the importance of pool safety, but talk to the adult who will be watching your child in your home. If you want the swimming pool to be off limits, make it known. If you will allow your child and their caregiver to swim, be sure to set strict rules and restrictions. This includes never leaving your child unattended, under any circumstances. Other rules include making sure the pool cover is properly placed on and making sure that the pool gate is closed and securely locked. One of the best ways to discuss pool safety with a relative is to outright do so. With this approach, however, many parents are worried about offending the person in question. Of course, this is a valid concern, but remember that the safety and wellbeing of your child is more important. Parents are always encouraged to trust their instincts. If you fear a problem, discuss pool safety steps and prevention measure with your child's caregiver. Although many states require that a pool fence be installed around a swimming pool, not all pool owners have them set up. If that is the case at the home of your child's caregiver for the night, make your concerns known. Although you can't expect them to buy a pool fence and have it installed by your visit, work on other safety measures. These measures may include locking all doors or using baby gates to temporarily block off all exits to the home. As a reminder, whether you are having a relative watch your child for an hour or overnight, pool safety should always be an issue when a swimming pool can be found nearby. Always be sure to voice your concerns, no matter what type of reaction you fear will be generated. You should also have the same conversation with other caregivers, such as family friends and paid babysitters. How and Why You Should Buy Pool Safety Equipment Are you interested in installing an aboveground or inground pool in your yard? If so, now is the time to familiarize yourself with pool safety. Certain pool safety steps, such as the installation of a pool fence, are not only recommended, but often required by law. As previously stated, law may require some pool safety steps. The most common being the installation of a pool fence. This fence typically needs to be at least four feet high, fully surrounding the pool, and have a lock or latch. In recent years, some states have started mandating the use of a pool alarm. Another one of the many reasons why you and all other homeowner should look into pools safety equipment is because it can reduce your liability. In the event of a pool accident, you may be held liable if neglect is found. Neglect may involve not taking steps to make sure that your pool is safe for young children. Liability can be risky and costly. Perhaps, the greatest reason why you should take pool safety steps is because those steps can help to keep others safe. If you are a parent or if you have small children in your home, such as grandchildren, it is important to keep your pool safe. This involves making it difficult to access. The good news is that there are a number of tools and equipment pieces on the market today that can help you do so. As previously stated, pool fences are often required by law. You can easily determine so by contacting your town, village, city, or county government officials. Although many fences must have a lock and be at least four feet high, you should have the freedom to choose your own style and design. Pool owners, like yourself, often opt for aluminum, chain-linked, wrought iron, and mesh fences. In terms of pool alarms, they are usually optional, but many states are now starting to require them in pools with depths of two feet of water or more. Pool alarms are considered a must have, especially for inground pools. This is because the alarm will sound when a disturbance occurs in the water, such as when someone falls in. Since most drowning accidents occur when no one is in the pool, all parents should outfit their pools with an alarm. Pool safety covers are another piece of equipment that comes highly rated and recommended. Most safety covers are designed for inground swimming pools, as they tend to pose the most danger. In terms of safety and ease, automatic vinyl pool covers are recommended. A simple turn of the key and your swimming pool can be protected each and everyday, not just during the winter months. Now that you know what type of pool safety steps can be taken, you may be curious as to how you find and buy these items. You should have a number of different buying options. All swimming pool accessories, including safety equipment, can be found available for sale online. As for local shopping, specialty pool stores, home improvement stores, and department stores should be visited. As an important, lifesaving reminder, the above mentioned items are designed to assist you in keeping your pool safe. With that in mind, nothing replaces the watchful eye and close supervision of an adult.
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