Pool Safety – Protect Your Loved Ones
A swimming pool to cool off in when the weather heats up is a definite luxury. Owning a swimming pool comes with it’s responsibilities because your pool is a potential danger to children, pets and others who may not be strong swimmers. Securing your pool so your kids and pets can’t wander in unattended is a top priority. There are a number of options that you can look at to ensure your small children and pets are safe
Surrounding your pool with a fence is the most effective way to secure it and keep children and pets from wandering in unsupervised. You can choose from a variety of fencing materials and styles, so you don’t have to worry about the fence detracting from your pool’s appearance. Wood, wrought iron and vinyl are some of the more common options. A self-closing gate, which usually features a magnetic trigger to ensure that the gate is fully latched at all times and your children can’t jiggle it open is alwya a good option. The mechanism must be mounted high enough so it can’t easily be operated by a child
If your swimming pool already has a fence and safety gate, a pool alarm provides additional security. You can opt for two different types of alarm – one that alerts you if the pool gate is opened and one that alerts you if the water in the pool is disturbed. A gate alarm is usually installed directly on the gate and not only emits a sound as soon as the gate is opened but if it is left open for more than several seconds. A pool alarm uses a sensor in the pool itself to detect water displacement to alert you if a child or pet falls in the water. These types of alarm can usually detect fallen objects that weigh as little as 8kg, but because the sensor often has a limited range, it’s a good idea to install one alarm at each end if you have a larger pool.
A safety cover or safety net is another way to secure your pool so children and pets cannot fall in the water. It covers the entire surface of the water and is usually held in place by straps that connect to brackets on the pool deck . You can choose from two types of safety covers – solid and net. A solid cover is typically made from sturdy reinforced plastic that forms a sheet over the water surface. However, because it is a solid sheet, it does not allow for drainage, which may be a problem in areas that receive heavy rain because water can collect on top. A saftey net may be a better option then as it allows rain to drain through into the pool.