With months of warm Florida weather, it’s always a good idea to take
a few extra steps to ensure that your pool is always safe. Pools are a
great source of fun and entertainment for adults and children alike, but
if the right precautions aren’t taken, it can lead to serious consequences.
Take measures to ensure that your pool and the surrounding area are safe
for your family and others year-round. Here are a few ways you can improve
your pool protection:
Every pool should be separately fenced in, especially if you have young
children in your home who are prone to wander. The standard fence size
for a pool area is at least 3-4 feet in height, which can guard against
small children, but the more security the better. A gate that will close
and latch on its own is best, as it can be all too easy to accidentally
leave the gate open otherwise.
Lasting pool covers are another option, though not typically as trusted
as fences. Covers can be secured by anchors and straps, and can be solid
or mesh, with some able to sustain thousands of pounds safely. This can
also double as a way to save on cleaning costs and add extra usable space
in the winter months.
There are a variety of pool alarms available on the market today, including
pool gate alarms and pool water alarms. Gate alarms can alert you, the
home owner, to any entry or exit in the pool area. So, if a child somehow
sneaks through your gate, you will be notified
immediately, which can ultimately mean the difference between a mild mishap and a
Pool alarms set at the edge of the pool, partially in the water, put out
sensors to detect any changes in motion. They, however, only detect objects
of a certain weight, so they will not notify you if, say, a leaf falls
in. Typically the notable weight starts around 18 lbs.
If you have children, putting them in water safety classes and swim lessons
is a great way to protect them, not only from the dangers of your own
pool, but any other bodies of water that may not be as safely guarded
as yours. It’s also imperative that children always be supervised
while in the pool area. Even if they are older and know how to swim, slips
and falls happen and can be just as detrimental as drowning.
For more information about pool safety or swimming pool accidents, contact Todd Miner Law.