What a great feeling it is to take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool on a hot day! Children especially seem to be happy to spend their whole day in the pool. If you enjoy having a swimming pool in your backyard, you are, no doubt, aware of the need to take every safety precaution so that this place of fun does not become a place of tragedy.
Those most at risk of drowning in a body of water are young children, especially those under the age of 5. The reason this is so dangerous is that it can happen so fast, usually before anyone realizes the child is missing. Its vital, then, that the homeowner is familiar with pool barrier safety guidelines. These guidelines should be followed with all kinds of bodies of water including in ground pools, above ground pools and even hot tubs.
An obvious point to mention is that a young child should never be left unattended either around a pool or in an area of the home that would have access to the pool. Sadly, many drownings that occur in swimming pools are with children that are thought to be inside the house. Make sure that any doors that access the pool directly are equipped with an alarm that will sound when opened. This should be a sound distinct from any other heard in the home and should be loud enough to be heard clearly in other parts of the house.
Pool safety barriers come in different forms such as walls or fencing. Whichever form of pool barrier you use, it must meet specific requirements. For example, it must have the correct amount of height and spacing etc. as laid out in these pool barrier guidelines. Even above ground pools should have the means of being secured or locked when unattended, so that children cannot gain access by themselves.
When looking into the best way of securing your swimming pool or hot tub etc. its important to remember that children are able to squeeze themselves through small spaces. Make sure that the pool barrier does not allow for a child to get over, under or even through it. The pool should only be accessible for a child when an adult is present.