Essential Pool Safety Equipment
Time spent around the pool should be relaxing and fun. It’s a time to enjoy family and friends wile catching some sun. Make sure your pool days remain enjoyable by equipping your pool with some essential pool safety equipment.
Basic Lifesaving Equipment
Here’s a list of basic lifesaving equipment that should be placed around the pool every time the pool is in use:
- Section off the deep end of a pool with a safety rope to keep younger children out.
- Ring buoys can be thrown into the pool to retrieve someone from the water.
- Reaching poles should be long enough to reach from the edge to the middle of the pool.
- Keep a well-stocked first aid kit for cuts, sunburns and swimmer’s ear.
- A sign listing the pool rules makes sure everyone knows what should and shouldn’t be done in the pool.
Pool Accident Prevention
Pool decks can become slippery. To prevent falls and to make it easier to get out of a pool, scatter a few pool mats around the edge of the pool. Many pool mats are made of a vinyl mesh with an open back to allow water and debris to fall below the surface. Look for a pool mat with these features:
- Feels comfortable on bare feet.
- Resistant to stains, mildew and chemicals.
- Will not fray.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
Pool alarms will let you know when someone is in the pool. These alarms are either attached to the side of the pool, float on the water’s surface or worn on the wrist. When the water is disturbed or the wrist alarm comes in contact with water, the alarm sounds. Here are a few tips for selecting a pool alarm:
- Make sure the alarm is appropriate for your above or inground pool and for the size pool.
- Choose wristband alarms with tamperproof locks.
- Infrared detection systems can detect movement before someone enters the pool area but are more expensive.
- Look for alarms that alert you when the batteries run low and are weather and water resistant.
Pool Drain Dangers
Pool and hot tub drains can become a pool hazard. These drains create suction that can trap hair or limbs. Protect drains with a pool safety drain cover. These covers have an automatic release system that engages when a drain is blocked. All pool drains should be equipped with a cover, a mounting frame, a sump and secure fasteners.
Pets & Pools
Pets and wild animals can accidentally fall into a pool. If no one is around to help them out of the pool, the result could be devastating. Give animals a way out of a pool with a pool ramp. Pool ramps are attached to the side of a pool with D-rings so that the ramp can be flipped into the water. Some ramps are designed to also be used on a boat or dock. These ramps provide a non-slip surface that animals can walk on to safely get out of the water. Look for a pool ramp that is light-weight, chemical resistant and has a UV coating.
Securing the Pool Area
Many areas have zoning laws that require pool fences or pool safety covers. Pool fences can be constructed of wood, chain-link, wrought iron, brick or vinyl. But, most important, pool fences are designed to keep people and animals out of pool areas. When putting up a pool fence:
- The fence should be tall enough so it cannot be climbed and low to the ground so there isn’t space to crawl under the fence.
- Locks and handles should be toward the top of the fence and should latch automatically.
- Keep objects and plants away from the fence
Pool safety nets are appropriate for small areas or areas that are confined. Pool nets are designed so that small children and animals cannot get through the netting. Pool nets are also easy to put up and take down.
Pool safety covers are made of either a mesh or solid material that is anchored to the pool deck. Safety covers are designed so that if someone lands on the covered pool, they will not enter the water and the water will not accumulate on the cover. Mesh pool covers are low maintenance and do not allow the buildup of debris and puddles. Mesh covers are recommended for areas that have heavy rains and snowfall.
Pool safety should be a priority anytime the pool is being used and even when the pool is not being used. Avoid potential accidents by making sure you have the proper lifesaving gear and pool protection barrier in place.
When shopping for pool safety products, check with your local pool supply outlet. They can not only help you pick out the proper pool safety equipment for you situation, but they can also point you in the right direction to help you comply with local zoning regulations regarding your pool.