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How to keep children safe with a backyard pool

  1. Fence the pool

 

 

Swimming pool fencing has come a long way in the last decade. Pool barriers can now be stylish, functional and strong. Naturally a swimming pool fence or barrier will cut off access to the swimming pool during times when an adult isn’t watching.

 

If you live in an area where there are lots of pools then you also live in an area where there are lots of companies installing swimming pool fence. Here in Las Vegas we can help you find a swimming pool fence installer. If you aren’t in Las Vegas we suggest you use a google search with terms such as “Swimming Pool Fence installation, (city name)”.

 

Of course, a swimming pool fence ONLY works when it is locked, which leads us to our next point…

 

  1. Use self-locking locks

 

Forgetting to lock a gate can be catastrophic to swimming pool owners. It only takes ONE time of forgetting to make it too late. Don’t let that happen to you!

 

One easy way to make sure you never forget to lock your swimming pool fence is by getting a gate that automatically locks when closed. This way children and pets can’t find an open gate when the parent/owner-parent isn’t watching.

 

But… if you have a gate with automatic locks it is important to inspect the lock at least a couple of times a year to make sure it is still working properly. At the first sign of non-working it is crucial to replace the mechanism. This could be done by the average handyman or a pool fence installer.

 

  1. ALWAYS watch swimming children

 

This almost need not be said. If your children are young enough to be a drowning risk then WATCH THEM in the pool. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. You must watch your children.

 

  1. Teach children to swim

 

My family growing up had a swimming pool (with a fence). If you were to ask my parents their opinion of what was the best thing they ever did to combat the risk of child drowning they would say it was to teach all their children to swim at a young age.

 

A child that knows how to swim can not only help another child when necessary, but a child that knows how to swim and is comfortable with it is far less likely to panic while in the swimming pool.

 

 

If you live in a large, hot, metro area such as Las Vegas or Phoenix finding swimming lessons for children won’t be difficult at all. If you are having a hard time finding someone call up a local YMCA or do a Google search.

 

 

  1. Don’t lose interest elsewhere

 

If your children are swimming in the backyard and you are watching them while also reading a book or navigating a tablet or phone don’t stop paying attention to the children. All too often drownings are silent, the struggling child/person doesn’t scream or shout out because they are holding air in. If you are present, but not paying attention with your eyes you can still all-to-easily miss someone struggling. Don’t let this happen.

 

  1. Be prepared and have a plan

 

This is a “worst cast scenario” situation. Know what you will have to do in a worst case scenario. Have a first aid kit on hand, know who you will be calling, know how to get to the hospital. Know how to perform CPR. All these things can be the difference between a horribly scary experience (that turns out ok in the end) and a horribly painful experience that results in noting less than a broken heart. Be prepared.

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