Pool owners tend to cut corners when it comes to safety features, opting in for a bigger pool instead. However, this can lead to disastrous consequences, especially if you have kids in your family. There’s nothing more sobering than the fact that children aged 1 through 4 have the highest unintentional drowning rate, and that most of these drownings occur in a home pool! In fact, fatal drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in children, right after vehicle accidents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That does not mean that you should drain and bury your pool right away but is rather a wake-up call to invest in safety features to protect your little ones from a fatal accident. Of course, nothing beats adult supervision, but we all know kids can wander off while we’re occupied somewhere else. That’s why you should ensure you have extra security measures in place.
Add a Safety Cover
A safety cover is the most important pool safety feature, especially during the winter. This green trampoline-like cover spreads across the surface of the pool and prevents anyone from accidentally falling into the water. These covers also come for above ground pools and are a great investment for the colder days.
Keep the Water Quality in Check
Children aren’t only in danger of drowning. If you neglect your pool maintenance, a lot of harmful bacteria and algae can grow there and wreak havoc on your kids’ health. If you cannot maintain your pool on a regular basis, perhaps you should consider switching to a salt water pool.
Saltwater pools require less maintenance, keep your water clean using the dissolved salt and therefore contain less chlorine. Since chlorine is an irritant, their gentle skin will also be safe from irritation. You can learn more about salt water pools at this link: http://www.payanpools.com/salt-water-pools-explained/#more-4430
Install a Safety Fence
Most municipal governments across the country require you to install a security fence along with your new pool, no matter if it’s above ground or inside it. But there are still a lot of older, family pools without a security fence. The fact that it wasn’t required back in the day does not mean you shouldn’t install one right now.
According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission guidelines, the pool fence should be at least 48 inches high and should have a child-proof, self-closing gate.
Add a Pool Alarm
A pool alarm is the best way to stay alert when your kids sneak away when you’re distracted. There are several types of security alarms, including proximity alarms, pressure sensitive alarms, and gate alarms. Proximity alarms go off when someone enters a perimeter around the pool protected by a laser field this type of alarm emits. Much like in the movies, except these lasers cannot be seen with a naked eye.
On the other hand, pressure sensitive alarms go off when something or someone falls into a pool. They are triggered by a change of pressure inside the pool and can detect over 18lbs of excess weight in the water. Finally, gate alarms are the simplest solution as they activate when someone opens the gate on the security fence.
If you are looking to add security features to your pool in San Diego, contact Payan Pool Services at
10054 Prospect Ave # B, Santee, CA 92071, USA