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8 Life Saving Tips for Pool Water and Electricity Safety

Swimming pools today are modern marvels that combine comfort and high-tech electronics to provide relaxing outdoor recreational spaces for millions of families across the country. But it’s important to ensure that they’re always as safe as they can be. Because of how complex swimming pools are these days, it’s vital to check for anything that poses a risk to water and electricity safety.

Whether you’re getting ready to open up your pool for the season or you live in a warmer climate and use it year round, pay attention to these potential swimming hazards and what you can do to prevent accidents around your pool.

Watch Out for Flickering Lights

Watch Out for Flickering Lights

If you see flickering pool lights or hear any strain on filters, steer clear of the pool! Flickering lights in and around the pool are indicative of some electrical failure or loose connection. If you see this, it’s a sign of a serious risk to water and electricity safety around your pool.

To prevent this, be sure to check your pool lightings’ wiring system regularly, or have a skilled electrician do so.

Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that pool owners install ground-fault circuit interruptors (GFCI) to protect against electrical shock, especially for underwater lighting in pools and hot tubs.

GFCIs constantly monitor flow in an electrical circuit and they can sense any loss of current. If the electrical current flowing through two conductors differs, even by a small amount, a GFCI will instantly interrupt the current, preventing lethal amounts of electricity from reaching anyone in the immediate area. However, note that if this does occur and someone is close by, they may still feel a painful shock, but the risk of fatal electrocution is kept extremely low.

Ensure Electrical Devices and Cords Are Kept at a Distance

Electrical cords and devices should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources. In terms of water and electricity safety, this applies to all above-ground and in-ground swimming pools and spas according to Article 680 of the National Electrical Code. When possible, it’s recommended that pool owners use battery-operated devices outdoors.

Don’t Handle Electrical Devices While Wet

This is fairly self-explanatory, but whenever your hands are wet or if you’re in a swimming pool, do not use any device with access to a live electrical current (e.g. televisions, radios, etc.)

However, don’t assume that just because you’re out of the pool and your hands are wet, you’ll be electrocuted. Being electrocuted while having wet hands and handling electronic devices is generally a myth that came about when people used to feel a slight shock upon ringing door bells in the rain.

Common belief held that this would happen with any electrical device and any amount of moisture. However, the water and electricity safety concern here has more to do with electrical devices themselves being wet rather than our own hands.

Ensure There Are No Power Lines Over the Pool Area

All electrical wiring that has to be run over a pool or spa is required to be at least 22.5 feet above the water. This applies to all power lines and communications systems such as broadband wiring and phone lines. Above diving boards, the clearance height must be no less than 14.5 feet above the diving board platform.

Don’t Swim in a Thunderstorm

Do not Swim in a Thunderstorm

Warm weather usually means that the air all around us retains more moisture. With that moisture comes the severe thunderstorms that most of us associate with Summer. Coincidentally, this is usually when most of us like to enjoy swimming pools. However, depending on how severe these types of storms get in your area, there are a few electricity and water safety considerations you need to think about.

Water doesn’t “attract” lightning. However, it does conduct electricity incredibly well. It’s still not fully clear how far lightning will travel through water but serious injuries and fatalities have happened through indirect lightning strikes on open waters. In many cases, lightning struck within 10-30 yards of a person. However, plumbing and wiring around a pool can extend how much a strike can affect.

What About Saltwater Pools?

Even with a saltwater pool, it’s advisable that you stop swimming whenever there’s thunder or lightning close by. Even if lightning is a few miles away, light travels incredibly fast and new parts of a storm may manifest quickly. Salt water is conducive to electricity, just like fresh water that’s chlorinated, which means that any lightning that strikes electrical components connected to a pool can still pose serious water and electricity safety risks.

Are Indoor Pools Any Safer?

While swimming pool areas are generally small and may not take a direct hit, the surrounding area where a storm currently is can be quite large. This generally means that surrounding phone and power lines can be struck, as well as any plumbing in and around pools, even if they’re indoors. Even if a pool is indoors, its connection to outside plumbing makes it unsafe during any electrical storm.

Schedule Annual Inspections With a Licensed Electrician

No matter how often you enjoy your pool, you can minimize swimming hazards, water and electricity safety concerns by getting your swimming pool or spa inspected annually. This ensures the safety of your patio or deck area surrounding the pool as well as all the electrical devices that power the pool’s filtration and lighting.

Whenever you have your pool inspected by an electrician, be sure they check the following:

  • All electrical equipment, including heating, filtration systems, and pumps
  • All electrical above-ground wiring leading to and from the pool area.
  • All underwater wiring in the pool area
  • All underwater and above ground lighting in the pool area
  • Control panels for swimming pool and spa equipment
  • The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

Keep Your Pool Safe From One Season to the Next

A Safe Pool has over 15 years of expertise installing custom pool safety and maintenance products known for their comprehensive warranties and long-lasting quality.

We specialize in the following:

  • Pool Safety Fences (with Self-Closing, Self-Latching, Lockable Gates)
  • Pool Safety Nets
  • Pool Safety Mesh Covers
  • Automatic Pool Covers
  • Leaf Pool Covers
  • Pool Alarms

With unmatched professional knowledge and a wide range of products, we’re confident that we’re the pool safety experts ready to help your family. We want to help pool owners create safe environments where their families can relax and have fun, and that starts by having the best line-up of pool safety equipment ready to minimize any pool and electricity water safety risks.

For more tips on staying safe in your pool, read our blog and explore our line-up of pool safety products today.

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How to Clean a Green Pool & Tips for Other Types of Algae

Cleaning a Green Pool

In most of the country, July and August are the best times of year to enjoy swimming pools. Unfortunately, this two-month stretch is also when algae blooms most frequently. Higher temperatures, combined with inconsistent sanitizer levels, can cause serious algae problems. New pool owners especially can be blindsided by problems they didn’t anticipate.

Algae is a single-celled plant that uses photosynthesis to create its own food, and can be adaptable to almost any body of water.

It’s microscopic, and single cells can’t be seen by the naked eye. So when you see a mass of green, black, or yellow forming in your pool, that’s actually an accumulation of millions of individual algae!

Once it gets to this stage, cleaning a “green” pool can be costly and time-consuming. That’s why it’s always best to be prepared and proactive. Preventing algae from forming is much easier than cleaning up after it, so it’s best to keep a policy of keeping your pool clean with leaf covers and other products. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the common types of algae that can form in your pool and how you can treat and prevent them.

Types of Algae and What They Mean

Types of Algae

While green algae is the type you’re most likely to see, there are other types of algae that can appear either black/blue or mustard yellow in color. The type of algae you’re seeing in your pool will determine how to treat and prevent it in the future.

Green Algae

Green is the most common type of swimming pool algae. It can spread fast, but fortunately it’s usually the easiest to treat and prevent against.

Green algae can appear blue-green, yellow-green, and even dark-green. It’s generally free floating, making it seem like the water itself is turning green. Or, it can cling to walls, creating distinct green patches.

How You Can Clean a ‘Green Pool’

Whether you’re cleaning a ‘green’ pool or you’re just trying to prevent algae from forming in the first place, the first thing you should always do is analyze the pool water’s pH level. This gauges how acidic the water is. A pool with an imbalanced pH level is vulnerable to algae. So it’s important to keep your pool’s water balanced.

How you clean green pools starts by applying algaecide, brushing physical patches of green algae, and “shocking” the water using chlorinated tablets.

Green algae can be treated fairly simply with the right amount of brushing, shocking, and algaecide. Just be sure to check the pool’s filtration system throughout the process to make sure water is flowing properly. You may have to repeat these steps a few times to ensure that the green algae is completely eradicated.

Black Algae

When you see “black algae,” this is actually blue-green swimming pool algae. However, it generally forms in cracks and crevices along pool surfaces. Black, or blue-green algae can usually be found in shadier parts of the pool and is partial to forming along concrete or plaster finishes.

Unlike true green algae, black algae has a distinctive heavy “slime” layer and skeletal-looking growths despite whatever chlorine levels are present in the pool. And because it’s more dense than green algae, it usually doesn’t change how clear the water looks. Instead, it just appears like black spots all along the surface.

How to Treat Black Algae in Your Swimming Pool

Treating black algae also starts by analyzing and balancing your water’s pH level. However, you’ll have to work a lot harder to break apart the slime layer. This will involve a lot of heavy brushing to disperse algae first. Then, you can shock the pool aggressively. Add Algaecide 60 as needed. Remember, you may have to repeat this process as many times as needed to get rid of all the algae.

Yellow or “Mustard” Algae

This type of algae typically looks “mustard yellow” to the naked eye. Yellow algae is chlorine-resistant and often looks like dirt or sand stuck on the pool surfaces.

How to Clean and Prevent Yellow Algae

Like treating black algae, cleaning yellow swimming pool algae involves a lot of heavy brushing to break up the patches along floors and pool walls. However, unlike cleaning a black or green pool, you may need to vacuum this type of algae directly out of the pool. To do this, you’ll have to add a ‘floc’ to the pool water, coagulating it first and letting it settle. Then, you can vacuum the algae right out of the pool.

Keeping Your Pool Water Balanced

Shocking your pool with added chlorine will help prevent algae from forming. You’ll know when your pool water is balanced when:

  • The Combined Chlorine reading is 0.5ppm or less
  • Your pool water is clear
  • If those requirements aren’t met, you’ll need to keep shocking the water.

Each day, you should run your pump at all times and do the following:

  • Vacuum debris from pool floor (to waste)
  • Brush pool walls
  • Test FC level (at least 2 times per day, but 3-4 times is ideal)
  • Backwash/clean your filter

Cleaning a “Green Pool” and Preventing Algae is Easy

Cleaning a “green” pool is never fun and it can put a damper on what should be the best times of the year to enjoy your pool. However, owning a pool also comes with its fair share of responsibility. To keep your pool clean and safe, make sure you follow these steps. Be proactive whenever you suspect your pool water may be imbalanced. And be sure to get in the best pool safety and maintenance products out there.

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Essential Swimming Safety Tips for Kids of All Ages

Essential Swimming Safety Tips for Kids

Backyard pools can be great for kids of all ages. Swimming is a fun Summer activity that also gives kids the opportunity to exercise and spend some quality time with their families and friends. But it’s important to stay safe any time your kids or their friends enjoy your pool.

Throughout the country, hundreds of children under 5 years old drown in pools each year, many in pools that their families own. That is why many neighborhoods and communities have comprehensive safety regulations that govern how aboveground and inground pools can be laid out and secured with gates and fencing.

Of all the top swimming safety tips for kids out there, proper supervision is the key to keeping kids safe. Other than that, let’s take a look at some ways pool owners can keep their pools kid-friendly.

Vital Swimming Safety Tips for Kids

  • Use the Buddy System: Kids are always safer in pairs or groups.
  • Don’t Leave Young Kids Unattended: Never leave young children unattended or unsupervised in a pool area.
  • Stay Focused When Supervising Kids: Don’t turn your back, even for a second. Don’t leave the pool area even if you know you’ll be back in a hurry.
  • Always Know How Deep a Pool Is: Don’t allow kids in the deeper end of the pool.
  • No Running: Pool areas can be pretty slippery when wet. Don’t let kids run around the pool.
  • Watch for Safety Risks or Faulty Equipment: Keep kids far away from the pool if there are problems with electrical components or underwater lighting systems.

Supervision is Key

Constant supervision is vital to keeping kids safe. Even if you yourself aren’t watching the kids while they swim, ensure a neighbor, a family friend, or babysitter knows how to use all of the protective devices and barriers you’ve set up.

Remember, the main swimming safety tip for kids: Never leave them unsupervised! If you’re having a barbeque or summer party, always ensure someone is assigned to watch any kid swimming.

Every couple minutes, just do a quick scan to see if all kids are present and accounted for. If there are any missing and you know they haven’t left the pool area, check the pool water immediately. Every second counts when it comes to saving a life or keeping kids safe from injury. Always check the walls, bottoms, and pool surfaces. And even if the kids you’re watching have had swimming lessons, remember that they still need to be supervised.

CPR and Emergency Services

Parents, babysitters, and other caretakers such as grandparents and older siblings should take CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). This is most often observed through timed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. For more help with this, reach out to your town or city’s public health department. Most communities hold regular classes on CPR. Take advantage of any and all local resources that can keep you prepared and vigilant when it comes to kids and pool safety.

Aside from CPR, always ensure there’s at least one mobile phone in the pool area so that you can call emergency services if needed.

Use Proper Pool Barriers & Fences

Many states, counties, and towns have ordinances for residential pool fences and barriers. These are fundamental to keeping outdoor spaces safe for your entire family.

While they’re not entirely childproof, pool fences and barriers provide several layers of protection, especially if kids like to roam around on their own. Generally, pool barriers include fences, door alarms, and power safety covers. These can also be used to prevent kids from reaching hot tubs and spas.

Fences and Gates

Install a wood, wire, or cement fence that completely surrounds the pool. If the house itself opens up the pool area, any doors leading in and out should be protected with a motion-sensing alarm.

When it comes to vertical fences, wooden slats should be fewer than 4 inches apart so that kids can’t squeeze through. For chain links, ensure the diamond-shaped openings are no larger than 1.75 inches. However, wooden and chain-link fences can be pretty costly.

Self-latching gates are effective safety devices as long as their specs are in-line with keeping kids away from an unsupervised pool area. Generally, the release mechanism for your pool gate should be 3 inches below the top of the gate on the side facing your pool. The gate and barrier should not have any openings greater than half an inch, within 18 inches of the latch release. The goal here is preventing young kids from reaching through your gate and releasing the latch themselves.

If you’re put off by the cost of permanent fences, consider removable pool fences. These are versatile upright barriers that feature self-closing, self-latching, key-locked gates. They’re also made to be used no matter the weather.

Pool Safety Covers

Invest in an ASTM standard pool safety cover that’s durable enough to practically walk across. When it comes to safety covers, you’ll want to get one that’s fitted perfectly, with no gaps so that children and small animals can’t slip under.

Door Alarms

Let’s say your house directly opens onto a patio or backyard with a pool. If this is the case, then doors leading to this outdoor space should have alarms triggered by the motion of the doors opening.

This alarm should ideally be something that only an adult can disarm, with a keypad or switch that’s installed tall enough to be out of a young child’s reach.

Door Alarms

Keep Your Family Safe

A Safe Pool has decades of experience keeping families safe through installing custom pool safety and maintenance products, all backed by long-lasting quality and strong warranties.

We specialize in the following:

  • Pool Safety Fences (with Self-Closing, Self-Latching, Lockable Gates)
  • Pool Safety Nets
  • Pool Safety Mesh Covers
  • Automatic Pool Covers
  • Leaf Pool Covers
  • Pool Alarms

We’re proud of our professional knowledge and insights, and we’re confident that we can be the pool safety experts who can help you and your family. Your pool should be a calm, safe place where you can relax and unwind, and all that starts by investing in the best pool safety equipment.

Read our blog for even more swimming safety tips for kids and families and explore our great pool safety products today.

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5 Reasons Swimming Lessons are Essential — Even if You Think Your Child is Already a Pro

Boy Swimming

We all like to think the best of people we love. Sometimes, this can make us a bit too confident in their ability to do something with ease. Take our kids’ swimming ability, for example. To swim well, they need children’s swimming lessons from experienced instructors, who teach swimming strokes in a way that improves water safety for kids.

Parents know this, but the pride we take in our kids’ talent makes it easy to think they already possess what amounts to a child’s version of swimming mastery. This is a dangerous assumption that can increase their risk of drowning, if they happen to encounter swimming situations that they aren’t ready to handle yet — or at least not as well as we might think.

5 Reasons Why Swim Lessons are Essential

With summer in the air, many families will spend time in sun-warmed swimming pools, and exploring vacation destinations that have scenic shorelines. It’s also a season when kids of all ages tend to be invited to pool parties.. Have your kids taken children’s swimming lessons that help to ensure their safety in these situations?

If not, here are five reasons why well-taught swimming lessons are essential for the water safety of kids, including your own kids — even if they are truly more talented than most other children at nearly everything they do.

1. Drowning is a Leading Cause of Death Among Children

When we think of human mortality, we typically think of adults, who die from advanced age or something primarily related to adults, such as car accidents. But, when it comes to drowning, children are a major risk group. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.”

Not all of the deaths result from lack of swimming ability. However, considering that many children drown in swimming pools, swimming ability — which is often revealed by a lack of swimming pool safety that puts kids in dangerous situations — is a common variable.

The sooner your kids receive children’s swimming lessons, the safer they will be in outdoor pools this summer, as well as indoor swimming pools that they enjoy during the cold season.

2. Swimming is a Notable Cause of Injury Among Children

In addition to helping prevent unintentional drownings, children’s swimming lessons help deter non-fatal, water-related injuries that send kids to the emergency room. According to the CDC, “For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”

The CDC also specifies the nature and complications of “submersion injuries”, explaining that, “These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).”

While strong swimming ability is not a cure all for water-related injuries, it helps deter them. If your kids haven’t received swim lessons, summer is a perfect time to sign them up. The availability of outdoor pools, where lessons can be taught, means children’s swimming lessons are typically the most available in summer.

3. Swimming can Enable Us to Save the Lives of Others

The main reason to have kids take children’s swimming lessons is to help them save their own lives, in case they encounter a situation where swimming ability is a predictor of survival. However, the same swimming knowledge that can save children’s lives can also help them save the lives of others, at some point in the future.

There have been plenty of situations where a person saw that someone was in danger of drowning, then entered the water to save the individual, and ended up drowning, too. Attempting to save others’ lives is something we tend to do instinctively. When the situation involves rescuing someone from drowning, knowing how to swim well helps ensure that no one dies, preventing the occurrence of a double tragedy where both people perish.

4. Swimming Promotes a Lifetime of Health and Fitness

The most essential reasons for investing in children’s swimming lessons is increasing water safety for kids to deter drowning and serious injuries. But swim lessons are also essential for promoting kids’ health and fitness by encouraging them to adopt swimming as a fitness activity.

Organizations that focus on health and fitness often consider swimming one of the healthiest fitness activities. The YMCA explains, “Swimming is one of the absolute best forms of exercise, as it works every muscle group in the body without putting stress on bones and joints. Especially for children, it is a great way to burn off pent-up energy.”

As an exercise, swimming is unique. Because it involves the relaxing pleasure of being in water, it’s not a “no pain, no gain” type of exercise. This increases the likelihood of people adopting it as lifelong exercise routine that helps sustain good health. The healthy habit starts with learning to swim, which ideally begins with receiving children’s swimming lessons.

In addition to increasing water safety for kids, swim lessons help prepare them for a life of health and fitness, which can begin in childhood and extend throughout adulthood.

5. Promotes Social Enrichment Through Water Activities

Humans are more than “social animals” by preference, who crave positive interaction with others. We actually need this type of interaction to sustain peak health. By learning how to swim, we increase opportunities to experience it by being able to safely, confidently participate in a variety of socially enriching water activities.

Citing “life skill” as a “swim lesson benefit”, the YMCA says, “Swimming is an important skill that will bring a lifetime of enjoyable experiences. From boat trips, to beaches, to pools … these experiences require the ability to swim … as your child gets older, they could find themselves excluded from such activities if they are unable to swim.”

Because social enrichment is essential for health, and because water activities can facilitate it, children’s swimming lessons can be considered “essential” within this context. If you need a place that offers well-taught swim lessons for kids, the YMCA offers them year round.


At what point does the confidence we have in our kids become “overconfidence” that puts them in danger by expecting them to do too much? When it comes to water safety for kids, at least one of the answers is clear: overconfidence arrives at the point of believing children can swim like “pros”, so to speak, when they haven’t received swim lessons to justify the belief.

As a business that cares deeply about the safety of kids, A Safe Pool encourages you to have your children take swimming lessons. If you have small children, and your home has a pool, we also encourage you to increase their water safety by implementing one of our pool safety barriers, which reduces drowning risk for small children. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate.

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What Pool Owners Should Know if They Run a Daycare Business From Home

Girl Swimming

When the location of a home daycare or other business is a residence that includes swimming pool ownership, the pool can raise safety and liability concerns. Many factors affect the level of risk, but almost any pool at a home daycare that is readily accessible from the residence, and ready to use, poses a risk that can be reduced to increase the children’s safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists drowning as the primary cause of unintentional death for children 1-4 years old. A residential swimming pool is a common site for these drownings.

Pool Safety Tips for Home Daycares

A simple twofold strategy can reduce drowning risk: adopting safer pool practices, combined with implementing pool safety products. This is an ideal strategy for a daycare located in a residence, where residential pool ownership can be a potential issue. If you own a home daycare that has a pool, the pool safety tips below could help prevent a drowning that is tragic for everyone involved.

1. When the Pool is Not In Use, Apply a Pool Safety Barrier

A pool safety barrier blocks pool access with a physical barrier that requires considerable diligence to remove. This level of deterrence makes using the barrier one of the most important pool safety tips for protecting everyone. A Safe Pool offers three types of barriers, with custom measurements:

Removable Pool Fencing

Our removable pool fencing is made from durable, lightweight panels with aluminum frames and synthetic mesh. The mesh is transparent, allowing you to maintain a clear view of the pool when the fence is up. The fence takes only a few minutes to raise or remove. It can also contain a self-closing, locking gate that lets you leave the fence in place, and uses a gate to access your pool at any time.

Pool Safety Nets

Made from strong, synthetic mesh, our pool safety nets contain holes that are too small for the head of an infant to fit through. Pool water is visible through the net, but the net forms a web of safety that prevents children from entering and being submerged. Because the holes are small, using the net is also one of our pool safety tips for protecting many types of pets.

Pool Safety Covers

Our pool safety covers are made from a resilient, synthetic weave that is strong enough to support the weight of an average adult. Also serving as leaf pool covers, they completely occlude a view of the water. This makes using our pool safety covers one of the top pool safety tips for protecting kids; the cover keeps the water out of children’s sight, which helps keep it out of mind.

2. Apply Door Alarms to Doors that Access the Pool Area

When a home business residence includes pool ownership, applying aftermarket, battery-powered alarms to doors that access the pool area is a cheap, easy way to deter drowning risk. Home improvement stores carry effective alarms that start at under $20.

Strong adhesive backing is used to mount the compact units in place. When an alarm-equipped door is opened, it breaks connection signal within the alarm, instantly triggering a loud, high-pitched alert. The adhesive backing makes it easy to apply the alarm near the top of a door, far from a child’s reach. With no screws to apply, the door suffers no damage.

As long as you replace the batteries in your door alarms on schedule, and you’re within hearing distance of the alarm sound, you should always be aware when a child opens a door that leads to the pool. Applying door alarms is perhaps the least expensive of all pool safety tips.

3. Avoid Using the Pool for Playtime

Most children unintentionally drown in a swimming pool due to accessing the pool on their own. This condition, under which most drownings occur, is the greatest predictor of fatality. However, even when adult supervision reduces the threat, the periodic frequency at which a child enters a pool can also heighten drowning risk, depending on the level of supervision.

When a pool at a home daycare is used for playtime, children typically enter the pool as a group, bristling with excitement that leads to frenetic activity in the pool. The behavior can diminish the quality of supervision. Each child needs to be constantly monitored for safety. However, in a home daycare setting, two adults often monitor a group of at least ten kids.

As also happens in drownings at public pools that swash with active bodies, a swimmer can slide beneath the water’s crowded, splashing surface, and go unnoticed for minutes. Will CPR jolt responsiveness into the body retrieved from the bottom of the pool? If so, will the person suffer brain damage?

The questions are too serious — and the answers too uncertain — to be a potential result of playtime in the pool. When you’re caring for someone else’s children, safety is indeed the best policy. For home daycares, one of the most risk-reductive pool safety tips is also one of the simplest: keep playtime on dry ground.

4. Avoid Using the Pool Patio for Playtime

One of the pleasures of pool ownership is relaxing on the patio that surrounds a pool. If the area is used to let a group of daycare children play, chairs and other nice accessories must be pushed aside to prevent trip-and-fall injuries, — and a rule of “no running” to prevent kids from tripping and falling on the hard patio surface will be tough to enforce, as it always is for youngsters at play.

The hassle alone is reason enough to avoid using the area for play. However an elusive , more serious danger exists: being in such close proximity to the pool stimulates kids’ interest in entering the water, and emboldens them to do so. Because toddlers instinctively perceive adult authority, they also realize that absence of an adult presence gives them greater autonomy.

This perception, combined with a heightened interest that playtime in the pool area can create, promotes the one “intentional” aspect of unintentional child drownings: a child purposefully wandering to a pool, when no adults are around. Of the pool safety tips here, this one may be the most subjective, but its importance is clear: not using the pool area for playtime deters children’s interest in the pool, which deters them from pursuing the pool on their own.

Safe Kids Equal Successful Businesses

The main job of any daycare is to provide safe care for children. Offering safe care is critical to both children’s safety and the success of daycares. For home daycares and businesses that include pool ownership, practicing the safety tips above helps provide quality care that’s good for everyone involved.

If your daycare has a swimming pool that needs a pool safety barrier to reduce child drowning risk, contact A Safe Pool today to schedule a free estimate.