The backyard pool is a great addition to cool off on a hot summer day and spend more time outdoors. But if there are small children in the house, then you need to think about their safety. Our tips site will show you how to make your pool safe for toddlers.
It is very important to remember that all responsibility for the safe use of the pool lies with the owners of the house and the site! It is you, as the owners, who will be responsible for the safety of not only your own children, but also the kids of your neighbors, who can get to the site to plunge into the water or in search of a rolling ball. And for the children of friends who came to relax by the pool. So you need to think about protecting your artificial reservoir immediately after its construction or installation..
The portal spoke in detail about locks and restraints for plastic windows, which are designed to protect children from falling from a height. And about protecting the stairs from babies. The pool is dangerous for obvious reasons – it is deep enough to create the risk of an accident. Even if the pool has a special area for toddlers, the so-called “splash pool”, there is always a risk that the child decides to move to a deeper area for adults.
The most common option for protecting the pool from children is a fence. The following requirements are put forward to it:
- Height is not less than 1.2 meters! Better than 1.5 meters.
- There should be no protrusions, footprints, thanks to which the child can climb over the fence.
- The fence should be solid around the entire pool.
- The racks must be strong, securely installed, in order to break, the child was unable to move the fence.
- The gate must be locked! And the key should be kept where children will not find it..
If you think that a metal fence will ruin the whole view of the site, install a glass one! It is incredibly difficult to break tempered glass, triplex, and if it does work out, the fragments will not scatter. Such fences look very modern and stylish. In addition to the safety of children, a glass fence prevents splashes from the pool from flying far, protecting those who decide to relax in a sun lounger nearby. The price of such a fence, we admit, is quite high – about $ 50-100 per linear meter. But you will have to pay for beauty and safety anyway! By the way, you can choose different options for handrails – stainless steel looks good in combination with glass, but wood is an excellent choice.
A pool cover can be used instead of a fence. Of course, you shouldn’t use regular plastic wrap! It will not support the weight of a child who may decide to walk in a covered pool. On the contrary, the danger increases! Now manufacturers offer pool covers made of durable PVC film, vinyl, high-strength plastic roller shutters, tarpaulin.
It is very important that the pool is completely covered, it was impossible to get under the edge of the covering material. To do this, it is fixed on the sides, thrown over the sides. The price of covering the pool will be very different and primarily depends on the material. There are automatic options when you just need to press a button so that the pool is securely closed. This will, of course, increase the price..
Pool covers are not only designed to protect children and animals, experts say. They reduce the amount of evaporation of water under the sun, that is, costs. There will be less debris in the water. In addition, water under a dense and dark film will heat up faster.
Important! Be sure to check with the manufacturer how much weight the material can withstand! Choose the safest and most reliable options, consider the ways of fastening the cover.
Many manufacturers immediately offer frame pool covers exactly according to their size.
We have dedicated a separate article to the pavilions above the pool. An additional plus of this option is that the reservoir is closed. You just need to put a lock on the door so that children cannot get there without adult supervision.
No fencing, covering or pavilion replaces adult supervision! When children swim in the pool, one of the adults must be there! Do not read, do not play on the phone, but watch the kids. Make sure you have inflatable vests and other floating aids. And teach your child to swim! Believe me, this is a very useful skill and a great option for active pastime..