Understand the Danger of Swimming Pools
According to the CDC, there are approximately 10 drowning deaths each day in the US, as well as 5000 injuries suffered in swimming pools. Children are especially vulnerable; drowning is the number one cause of unintentional deaths among children aged 1 to 4. Thinking “That will never happen to me or my family” is a dangerous mistake.
If there is an injury or fatality, you could be held responsible under premises liability laws. And, of course, the guilt and sadness associated cannot be overstated.
So, let’s stay safe this summer! Some helpful tips:
- Install a pool fence. No matter how often you tell a child to stay away from the water if there is not a trusted adult with them, the pull of the pool is strong. A fence provides an effective physical barrier when they are tall enough to prevent access (the US Consumer Product Safety Commissions advises that they should be at least four feet) and are equipped with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Additionally, pool fences can add privacy to your yard and, with the incredible selection, they can become a beautiful aesthetic feature as well.
- Consider an alarm. Pool and gate alarms alert you if someone (namely a child!) tries to access the pool. This feature can be installed on the fence itself or, more effectively, in your home (e.g. on the patio door that leads to the pool).
- Always supervise children. Your number one rule should always be “No pool without an adult who can swim.” End of story, no arguments. If you are having a gathering or party, make sure one adult is always on guard, and rotate so kids are always supervised.
- Make sure drains, pipes, and other openings are safe and in good repair. Teach children to stay away from these hazards. These openings must be compliant with applicable safety standards; if you’re not sure, ask the company that installed it or that maintains it.
- Make sure your children can swim. Teach your kids basic water safety and consider enrolling them in swimming lessons. It’s also a good idea to take a CPR class and know what to do if there is an injury. Remember: floaties and pool toys are not appropriate personal flotation devices; make sure your children are not relying on them to stay safe.
- Keep essentials nearby. When using the pool, make sure you have a cellphone, first aid kit, flotation device, and scissors (in case you have to cut clothing to free a child from a hazard).
- Keep the pool area clean and safe. Toys, life jackets, and other pool tools can be tripping hazards, causing injuries and falls into the pool. Keep the area uncluttered, and make sure the surface is appropriate for a pool. While you can’t eliminate slippery conditions, you can mitigate them with the right surface.
Enjoying your pool is a great way to stay active and have fun this summer - but staying safe is the top priority. If you are interested in installing an effective, attractive pool fence, contact the experts at Asheville Fence.