We are sure that those who own pools are very responsible and do all they can in the way of safety but, reminders are always a good idea especially as so many children die each year due to drowning accidents. Tragically many of these drownings occur before anyone realizes a child is missing.
Proper supervision will always be the most effective way of keeping a child safe in a pool, but what about when the pool is not being used? What steps should be taken of ensuring a child does not gain access to a swimming pool unsupervised? This is where pool safety barriers come in. There are different ways a pool barrier can be formed such as fencing or a wall around the pool area, even the walls of a home can act as a barrier. The important thing is that the barrier meets the correct guidelines, for example, a child should not be able to gain access either under or over the barrier and in the case of fencing being used, it should have the right amount of spacing so that a child cannot squeeze through.
As mentioned, the exterior walls of the home can be considered a pool barrier but, what about any doors that have access to the swimming pool? While keeping these doors locked would stop a child going through, a very effective method is to fit the doors with an alarm system that will sound when someone opens the door. Make sure the alarm sound would be loud enough to be heard in the farthest part of the house.
These guidelines should be followed whether the pool is in ground, above ground or even a hot tub or spa. Its important to have some type of barrier that does not allow a child to gain access to the water without being supervised.