Practice Pool Safety This Summer
Memorial Day weekend is almost here, marking the unofficial start of summer. For many water lovers, however, it also symbolizes the beginning of swimming season. There’s no better place to be on a hot sunny day than sitting by the pool, unless of course you’re in the pool. But whether you’re practicing your strokes or just soaking up the sun, the fun begins when property pool safety procedures are followed. Try these tips to keep you and yours protected while at the pool.
Pool Safety Install a Fence
Pool safety begins with a sturdy and solid pool fence. Without this barrier, children, pets, and wildlife can fall into a pool and potentially drown. To be truly effective, pool fences should be at least four feet high and have a self-closing and self-latching fence gate, with latches placed high enough to be out of a child’s reach. Many materials can be employed in pool fencing, with some homeowners even opting for a thick hedge barrier. While landscaping elements offer a beautiful and natural setting, it also invites insects closer to the pool, so Excel Fencing & Decking recommends more traditional solutions. Homeowners looking for a classic design may employ aluminum pool fencing, which is noted for its durability and anti-rusting properties. Many individuals prefer to surround a pool with a privacy fence, making vinyl a strong choice. Vinyl fences are water-resistant, long-lasting, easily customizable, and come with limited upkeep.
Children love playing in pools, but they don’t always fully understand or embrace pool safety. Before using the pool, kids should have swimming lessons and be trained in basic safety procedures. Never let them swim or play unattended, and be aware that just having an adult in the vicinity isn’t enough. Put away the smartphone and actually look after them. It’s the best way to keep them safe, and besides, watching little loved ones have fun is more rewarding than any other task you might be doing.
Prepare for Emergencies
It is said an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so make sure your pool area is weighted down with safety equipment. Every pool should be stocked with a life ring, shepherd’s crook, life vests, and first aid kit. Use a rope and float line to separate shallow and deep ends, and use an alarm system to notify you of any unauthorized access to the pool area or entry into the water. Additionally, have family members go through CPR training, and have CPR instructions and emergency contact numbers posted by the pool.
Lock It Up
Apply a cover when the pool is not in use, and make sure it is securely fastened so children and animals can’t get in. The fence gate should be latched at all times, and pool cleaners and other chemicals also need to be locked up where only adults can access them. Keep pool toys and inflatables out of the pool when not being used to prevent children from reaching for them and falling into the water.
Excel Fencing & Decking has what you need to make your pool perfect. Our high-quality fencing materials will keep your family safe while also bringing beauty to your back yard. And with our affordable fencing options, we’ve got barriers to fit any budget. So, if you’re looking for a fence installation in Baltimore or central Maryland, give us a call today.