Install self-closing pool gates. Studies have shown that a large number of pool drownings occur because there’s no access control. To keep children safe, it’s a good idea to install a fence to surround your pool (or hot tub) completely. However, a fence isn’t enough. You also need a gate that automatically closes and latches. In some states, it is required by law to have self-closing and self-latching gates around private pools.
Use pool gate locks. While having a gate that automatically closes, it’s also important to have a locking device to keep unsupervised children and trespassers from gaining access to the pool. There are several locking mechanisms designed to secure a pool.
Wireless Devices. If you have a alarm installed there are many wireless devices your can implement to help with your outdoor pool needs. A outdoor motion detector and door contact tied to your alarm would be ideal for a pool area. With this set up you can monitor activity get email alerts and even turn on your video camera to record on motion detection.
Tips to Prevent Pool Drownings In addition to utilizing the safety and security measures listed above, it’s also wise to use the tips here to prevent the possibility of drownings:
- Be sure the fence around the pool is at least four feet
- Install a rigid safety cover
- Supervise children near water, even if they know how to swim
- Keep safety devices on-hand and visible
- Have a first aid kit present in case of an emergency
- Remain updated on your CPR certification
- Ensure everyone in the pool knows how to swim
By using the safety and security tips here, you can help prevent drownings in your pool this summer.
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