Pool Safety Tips

Posted on July 28, 2015 by TheDoorGuardian

With the increase of residential and personal swimming pools, there have also been significant research done on pool safety- and tremendous growth in the number of pool safety products all with the purpose of helping keep your child safe while enjoying the home pool.

There are self-closing fences, hard pool covers, and various alarm systems to notify parents when someone has entered the patio area.  That being said, we don’t believe that one level of protection is enough to ensure the safety and peace of mind to know that your child won’t be accidentally coming into harms way when it comes to the household pool.

Mark Ross from the Consumer Product Safety Commission agrees, and states: “ 

“Nothing is foolproof when it comes to protecting children from drowning in a pool. That’s why we recommend that pool owners provide layers of protection.”

We found out that children aged 1-4 are most at risk for drowning accidents according to the CDC. The CDC also shows that most of these accidents occur in residential pools- opposed to in natural waters for adults. The majority of these drownings occur when the child gets into the pool by themselves, and may have only been out of sight of parents for less than five minutes.

The CDC show that from 2001-2002, 775 children aged 14 and under died from drowning. While drowning rates have slowly declined, drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children.

So how can you ensure your children are kept safe, and you can avoid accidents?

Pool Protection (You need more than one)

The first and most important safety tip is to ensure constant supervision. Other than making sure there is always someone watching kids while they’re playing in the pool, there are some other tips providing by the CPSC and CDC:

  • The pool should be surrounded by a fence at least 4 feet tall.

  • The fence should have self-closing and self-latching gates with latches that are out of the reach of children.

  • The fence should completely separate the pool from the house.

  • The door to the pool should have an alarm.

  • Install a rigid, power safety cover.

  • Install a childproof patio lock that keeps prying fingers from being able to gain access to the pool area.

These are some tips on how to make the most out of having a pool and making sure it is as safe and guarded as can be. If you want to learn more about how The Patio Guardian can work for your patio, you can find that here.

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