Swimming pools are brilliant for many reasons, but unfortunately, they are also the cause of many accidents and even fatalities, so when designing your pool, there are some things you need to take into consideration.
For A Child A Swimming Pool Is Like A Magnet
Swimming pools look beautiful to adults and children alike. Whether in the day time under the blazing sun or, in the dark with a wonderful lighting arrangement, the pool naturally attracts your attention.
Kids can and will become mesmerized by that beauty, and they can forget the dangers that the pool presents.
Even the most obedient child can and will ignore those warnings you have repeatedly issued to them about not going near the pool alone, or at least without an adult present.
That is why you need to have some form of safety system in place; that will prevent disaster striking. Any parent will tell you that it only takes a few seconds for a child to wander off and get themselves into trouble, so don’t ever try to save money on the safety and access part of your swimming pool. It is simply not worth it.
When the pool is not in use always fit a cover, have a fence built around the pool, which will prevent most children from climbing over it. Ensure that all access gates are self-closing, and are fitted with an alarm if opened.
Talk To Your Children About The Dangers
Kids are naturally inquisitive, and if you only tell them they can’t do something, they will want to know why. Rather than just laying down the law, have a sensible discussion with them, and explain to them the reasons for your rules.
As an adult, if you understand the reasons behind a rule, you are much more likely to accept it, even if you don’t agree with it, and the same applies to children.
Set Rules For Pool Time As Well
Many parents or new pool owners simply focus on rules that forbid unaccompanied access, but there should also be rules of pool usage. Here are some simple rules that you could enforce
No pretend emergencies, screaming for help, etc., as we don’t want to have a real situation where the adults ignore the screams as they think it’s just the kids messing about. This might seem obvious, but kids love to have attention and won’t think of the long term consequences of their actions.
No running or jumping into the pool and no pushing others into it – The tiled surfaces around a swimming pool can become very slippery when wet. The tiles are also rock hard, so the last thing you want is for your child to slip and hit their head on the hard surface. Jumping into the pool is also dangerous, as you could land on a swimmer who wasn’t even aware of your presence, causing severe back injuries.
Keep Bikes, Trikes And Scooters away from the pool area. You do not want your child falling into the pool on their bike or other toy which could then cause them to become trapped under the water. Set a safe area around the pool where only pool toys are permitted.
Ensure An Adult Is Supervising At All Times
Any time the pool is being used, you should have an adult monitoring the pool at all times. It goes without saying this adult should be sober and not being distracted by the other adults.
It is good practice to rotate the adults every twenty minutes or so, as it is easy to zone out. That is why at any public swimming baths you will always see the lifeguards rotating regularly.
Do Not Use Mains Powered Electrical Devices Near The Pool
Water and electricity do not mix. Only use battery operated electrical devices near the swimming pool, and ensure at least two adults know where all electric switches and circuit breakers are in the case of an emergency.
It is important that at least two adults know the location in case one of the adults is the person in trouble.
It may seem that some of the above pieces of information are excessive, but it is better to be safe than sorry. The swimming pool is an excellent addition to any home, but it needs to be treated with respect at all times.
Simply follow the above precautions and enjoy your swimming pool, safe in the knowledge that you have done everything possible to prevent an accident occurring.