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 life-or-death situation.
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.