Orange County swimming pool owners know how important it is to teach their families and guests how to swim safe in their residential swimming pool. They also take swimming pool safety measures to keep the pool secure when not in use.
There are some important ways you can secure your pool to decrease the risk of accidents: installing pool covers, pool alarms, and pool gates or other pool barriers.
For maximum safety, installed pool covers should be able to hold two adults and one child, in case someone falls on the cover. It’s also important that pool covers be easily removed in the event of an emergency. Read our post on swimming pool covers.
To be alerted when a child enters the pool area without an adult to supervise, install pool alarms on all doors and windows that lead from the house to the pool area. Pool alarms can also be installed on pool gates and will sound when the gate is opened. Alarms installed on the edge of the pool or that float in the water will sound when the water is displaced.
Pool gates or other pool barriers should be erected so that children can’t climb into the pool without supervision. The pool gate should be at least four feet tall. Be sure that there are no footholds or handholds on the pool gate. Vertical slats should be too close together for a child to squeeze through—no more than four inches apart to be safe. Pool gates should also be close to the ground so a child can’t squeeze under. Finally, the latch for the pool gates should be well out of a child’s reach.
With these residential swimming pool safety measures in place, you can enjoy your pool without the stress of worrying about an accident. Jump in the water and swim safe!