Although, having a personal above ground pool feels good for family enjoyments, yet there are several risks. So, for the safety of every family, there are many rules and regulations which have to be followed for above-ground pools. These above-ground pool safety tips are mandated by the state governments and they are hardly altered down the localities. Yet, sometimes it is seen that the regulations in some locality vary a little bit.
In modern days, there has been a rise in children-death due to drowning in the family swimming pools. Most of them are between 5 to 15 years of age. This is because either they cannot swim or the pools are in-ground. According to the pool sellers, an above-ground pool is safer because of their lesser depth. Also, the children find it difficult to get into the pool because of the height. Still, for our concern, we must be following some common safety tips to get rid of any accidents.
Although the natural depth of an above-ground pool is 48 inches, some dealers are offering up to 54 inches of depth. It gives rise to the chances of drowning even for teenagers if they do not know swimming. Due to the low cost, most families nowadays are opting for portable Intex pools which are easily reached by the children. These pools have small-step ladders to get into. So, we must be aware of these dangers.
Above Ground Pool Safety Tips
#1) One of the safest tips for reducing the number of drowning above-ground pool is to maintain high-quality barriers outside the pool. The fencing of the above-ground pool needs to be done well. Remember, the fences should be at least four feet high and without any handholds or footholds.
#2) The ladders to reach the pool must have locking gates. They must be made in such a way so that the children cannot climb it up and get into the pool.
#3) There must be pool-alarms for protection which will inform the family members if anyone is going near it. There must be doors to reach the pool which should be self-closing, self-opening types. Make sure that these alarms sound very sharp to be heard from every corner of the house.
#4) Set up a powerful electronic safety cover. Use it when none is there to supervise the pool. And also the controller should be out of the reach of the children.
#5) Even smaller pools are proving dangerous. Today’s children are smarter, they can climb up the ladders and easily get into the pools. So do reach your children swimming from young ages. They need to know how to survive in the water.
#6) In the case of portable pools, the ladder is very unsafe without any locking gates. So, do set up an extra pool-ladders which have locks. Moreover, do not keep any chairs tables near the pools. Little children may use them to get into the pools.
#7) If the pool is smaller, then do cover it when not in use. If you have no intention to use the pool for a longer time then drain the pool water out.
#8) In winter times, the pool has to be covered for a long time. But it is seen that these above-ground pool covers have been responsible for many deaths. Children often fall on these pool covers which float on the water. After that, they cannot move due to the cover and get stuck in it. The water usually starts to get over the children and they drown with the pool cover. So, for non-swimmers, the family needs to keep them in the eye always.
#9) You must always be ready for emergencies. Every elder family member must know water safety techniques, first aid, and rescue techniques. There must be rescue equipment like life rings, floats or a reaching pole, etc. near the pool always.
#10) Make sure that the children do not get into the pond without any guardian or elder family members. Also, follow every pool safety rules in the best possible way. If anyone in our home is drunk or intoxicated, do not let them get near the pools. Also if there is any diving board for the pools, always remove it from the poolside.
So far we must follow all the above-ground pool safety tips to ensure the safety of our family members. If you have guests in your house, make them aware of the safety rules too. Try to put up a board near the pool with safety measures and helpline numbers. It will help in an emergency. Moreover, keep checking the door locks and alarms whether they are functioning well or not. Last but not the least, never forget to include your family in insurance for the compensation of swimming pool deaths or injuries. It will be beneficial to recover financial loss and for smaller accidents.