Swimming Pools are built for fun in the sun but they can also be dangerous. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death amongst children, it is quick and quiet. This can be prevented by making your pool safe for babies, children and domestic animals.
The following safety tips when at a pool:
- Invest in a swimming pool net or cover, this way your children can play safely in the garden and your peace of mind. A cover can also prevent your domestic animals from falling into the pool.
- Never swim alone, always make sure someone knows that you are in the water. Never leave your children alone at the pool, always keep an eye.
- Don’t run around the pool, it is easy to slip and injure yourself.
- To avoid serious injury, never jump or dive in the shallow end rather use the deep end.
- Encourage swimming lessons from a young age, many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes.
- If the person is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Have appropriate safety equipment nearby, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
- Don’t allow an inexperienced swimmer near the deep end of a pool. Rather keep them in the shallow end where they can stand.
The benefits of safety nets:
- Pool safety nets provide a safe, secure barrier while maximizing the available backyard space and preserving the view and ambience of the swimming pool area.
- The size of the net’s squares are the foundation of its safety potential. The squares are small enough that children can’t fall through, but too big to walk or stand on. One adult can remove or replace a typical swimming pool net in just a few minutes.
- A series of pulleys is built into the centre of the pool net. By loosening the pulley rope, the tension is released and the pool net is easily removed. Just unhook the clips and roll the pool net onto the portable roller. Simply reverse this process to place the pool net back onto the pool. The safety pool net utilizes custom hooks and flush brass anchors in the deck to secure the net.
- As with all safety barriers the net is only to be used as deterrent and the child should never be left alone near the pool.
- Swimming pool nets provide an excellent barrier for small or confined areas. Finding a cover for uniquely shaped pools with rocks, waterfalls, raised planters, etc, can often be prohibitive, but they usually pose no problem for pool nets.
- A swimming pool net has several advantages over pool fences. Children cannot climb over or under a net pool cover like they may be able to with some fences. If unwanted pool entry by older children who may be able to gain access even though a fence is in place is a concern, a pool net can be a viable solution. A swimming pool net can be removed in about 5 minutes and replaced in 5 to 10 minutes.
Don’t become a statistic – make pool safety a top priority!