Even though you won’t be opening up your pool for another few months, the spring is actually the perfect time to take a walk through your backyard and ensure it is safe and ready for a summer of pool fun. To assist homeowners with pools in Pennsylvania, we’ve created a Backyard Pool Safety Checklist that will help you take preventative measures to protect your family from accidental drownings and swim safely all summer long.
Life Saver’s Backyard Pool Safety Checklist for Springtime
At Life Saver Pool Fence we want every homeowner, parents, and guardian to be a “LIFESAVER”. Which is why we’ve created an easy to remember formula for creating a safe space for your backyard and pool. We recommend printing and displaying these steps in your home as a visual reminder to take extra precautions with your pool at all times.
Installing multiple layers of protection in your yard helps to protect your family and pets from having easy access to the pool. In addition to a fence, we advise installing a pool alarm to detect any water disturbances and putting up a safety barrier fence around your pool. You should also install locks on any doors (or windows) that provide direct access to the backyard. Also, secure any pet doors or other exits from your home that children might be able to use.
It is also advisable to educate everyone in your home (plus visitors like grandparents, friends, babysitters etc.) on pool safety. For infants and children, this means early swim instruction (ISR training). For adults, this means not only ensuring anyone who is considered a guardian understands pool safety, but also knows how to perform CPR. You can never be too safe and you can never take enough steps to prevent drowning, because each layer of protection does have flaws and none works perfectly on its own. However, with so many layers working in combination, you have put a much more robust safety system into place with fewer “holes.”
Anytime children are in the pool or playing in the backyard it is important to have them remain under constant supervision. If you need to go inside while your children are playing, make sure your children get out of the pool even if you’ll only be gone for a brief moment. Children only need to be alone for a minute or two before they may find themselves in a dangerous situation. We have heard of incidents where within 20 seconds a child can be missing and be in a very vulnerable position in or near your pool. So, we can’t stress the importance of 100% supervision at all times.
Friendly reminder: It’s also important to keep in mind that if at any time you cannot find your children to check the pool first before searching anywhere else. Drowning is silent and is the number one accidental killer of children ages 1-4.
With all of this in mind, in order to be a LIFESAVER you should remember the following:
Layers of protection
Install a pool alarm
Fence the pool
Early Infant Swim Instruction
Always Check the Pool First
Verify Caretakers Know CPR
Educate Caretakers on Pool Safety
Remember that Drowning is Silent
This is everything we recommend homeowners put into practice in their home. By following these steps you will have the security and benefit of multiple layers of protection being enforced in your home and around your pool.
Additional Mesh Pool Fence Must-Haves
Installing a pool fence is extremely important, but just any fence isn’t necessarily enough to thwart your children from accessing the pool. We recommend a fence that:
- Has a self-closing, self-latching gate with a latch knob at least 6” above the gate.
- Can withstand 100+ pounds of force.
- Does not have any sharp hooks or points on the latches of hardware.
- Is made of four lines of stitching securing the border to the mesh
Swimming pool season will be here before you know it. The spring is the perfect time to go through our pool safety checklist so you can be sure your family can safely enjoy your pool all summer long. If you have questions about how to make your pool area safer – or how to put layers of protection into place – or if you are ready to install new pool fencing, contact us today at (215) 214-2199.