A backyard swimming pool is a chance to enjoy the outdoors with your kids and friends alike. But in a household with small children, keeping them safe is of paramount concern to everyone involved.
To help you design the safest pool environment for your children, here are 5 top safety measures to take while planning and constructing the swimming pool.
Keep it Visible
The location of the pool should provide easy visibility from many different areas of the house and backyard. Test out your chosen locations by placing bright orange colored twine in the approximate shape of the pool. Then, check how well you can see all sections of that pool from the back entrance, rear-facing windows, and the outdoor entertainment spaces.
Make sure you don't accidentally place anything enticing too close to the pool itself. Outdoor cooking and entertainment areas, for example, should be far from the water's edge and should have some kind of natural barrier to prevent children from wandering towards the pool during play. Never install the pool where kids have to walk near it to get to their play areas
Avoid climbing or jumping dangers when planning the landscape or hardscape around the pool, too. Adding a row of low walls along the rear of the pool or a faux rock grotto could be a danger by enticing children to climb or dive.
Install a Safety Cover
A proper cover is one of the best things you can add to any water feature to keep small children and pets safe. Looking like a large, in-ground trampoline, a safety cover protects everyone when you can't be there to oversee them.
Modern pool covers come in a variety of colors and materials, from solid to net or mesh. They are generally very strong and easier than past covers to extend and remove. And as a bonus, they keep the pool water clearer and prevent energy waste.
Build a Solid Fence
Next to a good cover, a safety fence is the next line of defense against accidental intrusion to the pool. Generally, codes require that a pool have a fence that's at least 48 inches tall. Choose an option that doesn't have cross bars that children or pets could climb on to get over the fence. Within these parameters, today's pool fences can be designed to match nearly any architecture and landscape style around them.
Add a self-closing gate that locks automatically, and place the lock high enough that little ones can't reach it. For added security, complete it with an gate alarm too.
Install Natural Safety Aids
Within the pool design, there are ways to add natural cues that can keep kids in designated areas. In a figure-8 design, for example, the natural inward curve forms an easy way to distinguish the deep from the shallow sections. Or, use differently colored tiles to differentiate between where small kids are allowed and the "no go" zone.
Above ground landmarks could help, too. Proper placement of markers like the diving board or lounge chairs makes it easy to tell kids to stay only on one side or the other. And keep swimmers safe by adding rest areas or pull-outs along the sides of the pool and keeping the pool water around six inches below the surrounding deck so they can hold on well.
Any one of these safety measures will make your swimming area safer for all. Incorporating all of them will give you even greater peace of mind. For help creating a safe and fun play area for your family, talk with the pool experts at Deep South Gunite Pools today.