We all know there’s no substitute for a parent’s watchful eye when it comes to safety in and around the pool. But kids can get into mischief even when you’re home. In fact, the majority of pool-related accidents happen under supervision by one or more adults.
So what can you do to ensure the swimming pool remains a safe and happy zone? Layer the protection. No, not the sunscreen, although that’s a great idea, too. We’re talking about backup measures designed to alert, prevent and protect.
Kids can be fast and stealthy. So the first safety “layer” should alert you that Junior went out the door. Install a loud, audible alarm on any door leading to the pool area. If the door opens, you’ll know. The alarm should sound within several seconds, giving you plenty of time to round up an adventurous child.
The second layer should be a fence at least 48 inches high (or whatever area building codes require) to prevent kids from wandering in. Make sure it has a self-closing, self-latching gate that opens away from the pool. Don’t put anything near the fence that could assist a climb, such as a table or bench. Go one step further and add a lock for extra protection.
Parents don’t have eyes in the back of their heads and can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why it’s essential to take the proper steps to keep kids from entering the pool without your knowledge and supervision.
For more helpful tips and statistics, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Safety Barrier Guidelines for Home Pools.