Fun in the sun is the name of the game when you have your own backyard pool. Just close your eyes and imagine the parties, BBQ's, family get-togethers, and impromptu neighborhood gatherings that you could have with your pool as the star.

But even though pools provide entertainment, relaxation, and plenty of opportunities to get physically active, they also pose risks. Whether you have kids or pets or just want to make sure that your pool is as secure as possible, understanding the safety elements of your outdoor aquatic environment is absolutely essential.

How can safety devices and procedures make your pool a more secure place? Take a look at what you need to know about keeping your home pool safe.


Education

You can have all the pool safety devices available, but if you don’t know how to swim and don't understand water safety, you still have an increased risk of accidents happening.

It seems obvious that you'd know how to swim before investing in a pool. But that's not always the case. Maybe you know how to swim, but your new spouse or your child doesn't. Start with lessons. Make sure everyone who lives in your home knows how to swim. When it comes to young children, there is some evidence that kids between the ages of one and four may have a reduced risk of drowning if they have formal swimming lessons.

This doesn't mean that your toddler can take a few lessons and then jump into the pool. But their knowing how to swim may add an extra layer of protection.


Constant Supervision

If you have children, you need to supervise all of their pool play. Even if your child is a swim team star, you should never leave them unattended near or in the pool.

While there are safety guards and devices that can reduce the risk of falling in or drowning, you won't find a substitute for adult supervision.


Safety Covers

Is your pool safe when you're not using it? That depends. If your child or a pet can wander outside and fall in, you've got a safety risk. A regular pool cover may keep the leaves out of the water, but it won't prevent those gaps that your child or a pet could fall through.

A safety cover that is custom-fit to your pool's shape and size can help to protect your family. Again, this isn't a substitute for adult supervision. It's just an additional way to keep your family safe.

When you choose a safety pool cover, going with a mesh option can stop that ugly ponding from happening on top. A solid cover won't let the rainwater through, and this results in puddles or ponds on top of the cover itself. Not only is this not-so-pretty to look at, but it also adds an extra drowning risk. Mesh allows the rain water to run through and doesn’t create gaps.


Fence Protection

Chances are that your local municipal or town code requires a safety fence around your pool. Most communities have created barrier regulations to protect children (and adults in some cases) from drowning.

These aren't just any old flimsy fences. Pool barriers are strong fences that are tall enough to stop a child from crawling over them. Before spending money on a new pool fence, check out the local laws. Your community may have a specific height or material requirement.

Are you installing a new pool or buying a home that already has one? Make sure the pool is safe for children, pets, neighbors, and everyone else in the area. If you’d like professional advice or assistance, call After Hours Pool Service. We can help with your safety-related needs.