Kids and pools … there’s something about that combination that screams summer. Can’t you just hear the splashing and laughing? No matter what generation you’re from, swimming pools have always been a huge draw for kids. With that in mind, if you have a swimming pool, it’s important to make sure that everyone has a safe swimming season. Here’s how to kid-proof your pool area for the best summer yet!
Fencing and Gates
When you have a swimming pool, a fence is a given. In fact, nearly everywhere in this country, a fence is a requirement when you have a swimming pool. When you choose to put a swimming pool in your yard, it’s imperative that you look into the rules and regulations for swimming pool fences. Your pool builder will be able to advise you about these standards.
Typically, swimming pools need to be fully fenced. Some pool owners opt to use their house as the fourth wall around the pool area. Even if regulations in your area allow this, to properly kid-proof your pool area, it’s best to have fencing on all sides. A fence adds an extra buffer of protection around the pool. In addition, pool fences usually need to be at least 6 feet high. To ensure that the fence does its job, never leave objects around the fence that children could use to climb over.
Gates are another important safety feature. Pool gates should always self close and self latch. Make sure never to leave anything in the gate to prop it open. A lock and/or alarm on the gate is also a great idea with kids around.
Automatic Pool Cover
Covering your pool when it’s not in use is the ultimate way to kid-proof your pool during swim season. Covers not only block out debris and hold in heat and water, they also protect your family, friends, and anyone else who’s around your pool. Kids are naturally curious, so you want a strong, supportive cover over your pool. Ideally, the cover should support the weight of an adult.
Automatic pool covers are convenient and strong. There’s no fumbling with manually rolling a cover on and off. You simply flip a switch and your cover moves back into place. Having an automatic pool cover means that you’re more likely to cover your pool every time you’re done swimming, which means better protection for your loved ones.
One area that may not be as obvious to kid-proof is the pool deck. Water is slippery, especially when it’s on smooth, slick surfaces. While parents spend a lot of time reminding kids (and sometimes adults) that there’s no running allowed on the pool deck, inevitably someone forgets. That’s why it’s crucial to have your pool deck constructed of or coated in a non-slip material.
Keeping the deck area free of toys, plants, etc. also enhances safety. There is less to trip over and less to entice little swimmers to the water’s edge.
Pool Safety Partner
If you’re looking for more ways to add safety and kid-proof your pool area, talk to the team at Tredway Pools Plus. We’ve been in the pool building business for over 40 years and have gained a lot of knowledge along the way. We’re always happy to answer your questions. Get in touch.