Safety Features Every Pool Owner Needs
Swimming pools are a lot of fun for the whole family. However, they also have the potential to be hazardous for children and pets, so it is important that you should invest in proper safety features for your home swimming pool. Here are some accessories and devices that can help to make sure your pool is safe at all times.
Clearly it is important that water in your pool is as safe as possible. It is necessary in most pools to use chemicals to ensure that it is healthy and free from bacteria. However, if you are concerned about sensitive skin you can take it a step further.
For those who are worried about the effects of chemicals on your skin it is possible to have a natural pool installed – these are pools that use plants for filtration. You could alternatively opt a salt-water pool that utilises natural salt rather than chemicals.
Pool covers are one of the most crucial forms of safety device and if you have children then it is essential that you should invest in one. It is, however, important to draw a distinction between a winter pool cover or solar cover, and a true safety cover. To quality as a safety cover, the device must be able to hold a minimum of 485 pounds per five square feet. Many people assume that solar covers are as effective as safety covers for preventing accidents, but this is not the case.
There are two types of safety pool cover to consider – a mesh cover and a solid cover. Mesh covers tend to be best for long-term usage, such as closing a pool over the winter. Both types of cover work by being anchored to the floor with straps – these pull the cover so that it is taut over the surface of the pool.
Of course one of the best ways to prevent accidents such as children or pets falling into the pool is to make sure that the area is not accessible. The most effective way to do this is with fences that are childproof. Fences can be both attractive and easy to use, ensuring that they do not detract from the overall appeal of your pool.
There are multiple different fencing options available from aluminium and steel to wood and composite. Metal fencing is typically low maintenance and very strong, while you may prefer the aesthetics of a wooden fence (although you would have to accept that these would need occasionally staining or painting).
It is also worth noting that if you only have children visit occasionally, such as extended family members with kids, you could invest in removable pool fencing that can be set up and taken down quickly.
If you ever have people round to use your pool who are very familiar with it, you should definitely consider investing in signage. For example, depth markers are a very important so that individuals understand how deep the pool gets and whether it is safe for them and their children. These can also be useful for adults to help them decide whether it is a good idea for them to jump or dive into the pool.
Additionally it can be very beneficial to include signage with reminders and warnings for children such as ‘Shallow Water, No Diving’ or ‘Slippery When Wet’. You might be surprised at what a difference these sorts of simple sign can make in terms of safety. Signs can be purchased cheaply, and depth markers can be applied to multiple types of tile.
If your pool has steps then it is worth considering installing a handrail. Stairs and steps into the pool can get very slippery and can be a fall hazard, so having them put in can make a big difference. It is well worth adding this feature for protection, especially for children or older relatives who may be less steady on their feet when entering and exiting the pool.
It is worth pointing out that if you have a uniquely shaped pool or one with decorative features around the edge, it can be challenging to find a cover that is suitable for it. In those cases it could be wise to invest in a pool net. This can be a great deterrent to stop curious children from attempting to get the pool and having a swim unsupervised. Of course, as with all safety features there is no complete guarantee of safety. Children should always be supervised near a pool.