The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals estimate that over 18 million American homes own a pool. Taking a splash in a pool on a hot Austin, Texas day can be exciting, but is your pool safe? Swimming pool safety comes first above everything else. While owning a swimming pool can be an excellent idea, make sure precautions are taken especially with small children.
The centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged 1-4 in the U.S. Additionally, CDC reports that drowning is the second cause of injury related death for kids below 15 years. Keep in mind learning to swim is the best thing you can do to prevent drowning now or in the future.
As a homeowner. It’s essential to proactively ensure that your pool is safe. Here are some ways you can make this happen.
Fence the area surrounding the swimming pool
In Austin, Texas it is required to install a fence when buying a new in ground pool. The consumer product and safety commission recommend you install a fence that has a child resistance gate, self-latching and with a height of at least 48 inches. Standard chain link fences are not safe as children can easily climb through.
Install a pool cover
A swimming pool cover is a great investment you cannot afford to ignore. The cover should enclose the entire pool and be fastened to the pool deck to make sure that your child has no access. Have the children supervised when swimming
Life jackets and floaties are important. Nonetheless, do not rely on these items to protect children while in the pool. Drowning can occur at any point and you may not necessarily notice signs of drowning. The best way to ensure that your kids are safe is to be present and supervise them when they around the water.
Maintain the right pool chemistry
Chlorine levels that are either too high or too low can make pool water unsafe. Before allowing your children into the pool. Check to see that the PH is balanced and that the water has the right chemical consistency.
These are some of the ways you can prevent pool related accidents. Contact an Austin, Texas pool builder for more safety tips.