Having a pool in the comfort of your own backyard can be extremely rewarding for you and your family. Not only will it help the resale value of your home, but it will provide an activity for you and your kids to take part in during those hot summer days. While swimming is a great activity to get you out of the house and exercising, having a pool is also a huge responsibility. In order to make sure that you and your family are prepared, here are 5 tips to a safer backyard pool.
Barricade the pool
When it comes to having a pool, there’s a number of reasons why most people have fences put in around the pool. First off, it provides a sense of privacy around the pool area so that outsiders can’t see in. Another major reason is for the safety of kids. If you put up a fence at least four feet tall, make sure that the slats are close enough together so that kids can’t squeeze between them. This will prevent anyone from entering the pool area unauthorized or unsupervised.
If you have children or have a child on the way, make it a priority to get them swimming lessons at an early age. Making sure they know how to swim will help make it easier when you have a pool. Take caution though, just because they’re trained and know how to swim, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should ever let them swim by themselves. Always make sure that someone is there to supervise during swim time.
Keep house phone or cell phone nearby pool
While not all of us are lucky enough to have cell phones at our disposal, having a phone near the pool is always a good idea. Whether it’s so that you don’t have to go inside to get the phone as it’s ringing, to make a phone call or in case of an emergency, having a phone by the pool could potentially save a life, depending on the situation.
Whether it’s you or someone else supervising your children in the pool, CPR is an important and life saving skill to know. Having a set of safety rules to follow is the only way you can ensure that there are regulations surrounding pool activity. If you hire a babysitter to watch your children during the summer months, it’s always a good idea to require that they are certified in CPR.
Secure gate with lock
The best gates to have for your pool area are those with self-closing or self-latching doors with latches above the reach of children. Before you purchase a gate, take this into consideration. If you already have a gate with a latch within your child’s reach, there are ways to reconstruct the door in order to fit your needs. Look to the manufacturer of the fence/gate for details.
By following the tips above, you’ll be creating a safer and more comfortable setting for not only yourself but for your entire family. Understanding the risks of owning a pool will help you to prevent any possibilities for accidents or emergencies and will allow you and your family to thoroughly enjoy this wonderful asset to your property!
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Rachael Randko is a freelance writer and mother of four. After selecting from one of backyardocean.com’s inflatable pools, she wanted to ensure she was taking the appropriate precautions before allowing her children to swim. She hopes that what she’s learned from this research can help other parents as well!