Know About Swimming Pool Safety

Safety around the pool is an important part of the fun during the summer. When you consider that more than 300 children under the age of 5 drown in private pools every year, it becomes a serious problem. This does not include the hundreds of cases of near-drowning and other injuries from slips and falls.

Drowning is the second most common way that children under 14 have lost their lives. Even the near-drowning incidents can cause brain damage and, at least, high medical bills. There are some guidelines to follow to help keep children safe around the pool or pass on to your friends and neighbors with pools. You can use retractable roof enclosures to save your children from drowning.

Many drowning accidents occur when a child falls into the pool when no one is around. These cases can be easily prevented by having a fence around the pool. Of course, the fence can go up but this is the first line of defense against tragedy.

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If you have a fence that has a gate, you should consider placing a lock of some kind at the gate to remain closed when you are away or sleeping. Discomfort due to open the gate to use it is worth saving the life of a child.

Have the safety equipment on hand and nearby. A safety cover is another proactive way to keep kids out of the pool without supervision. Do some shopping around and you can find some at a discount. If there is a door or gate that leads to the pool, consider placing the alarm on it so you'll know when someone enters the area.

One of the very important safety devices is you. If you have a large pool, make sure you can swim well enough to go in and save someone if the situation arises. Be prepared for the worst just in case it happens.