Spring cleaning means making your home better for you and your family. Inside the home it means clearing out clutter and doing a deep clean – but what about outside the home? For most people, it means cleaning up their yard, getting rid of debris, pulling out lawn furniture and perhaps planting a garden. For homeowners with a pool in their yard, we’re adding one more item to your spring cleaning checklist – making sure your pool is a safe place for your family. To assist you, we’ve created a comprehensive Spring Backyard Pool Safety Checklist for homeowners to follow to protect your family from accidental drownings.
A Comprehensive Spring Backyard Pool Safety Checklist
At Life Saver Pool Fence we created an easy to remember checklist for creating a safe space for your backyard and pool. We want to help everyone who owns a pool become a “LIFESAVER” for their family. Here’s how:
ayers of protection – By implementing various layers of protection in your home and around your pool, you will decrease the risk of accidental drownings.
nstall a pool alarm – This is just one of the various layers of protection you should implement. A pool alarm will detect and alert you of any disturbances in the water which is important especially for families with young children.
ence the pool – Installing a fence about the pool is one of the most important safety features you can implement in your home. At Life Saver, we offer a mesh pool fence using the strongest mesh available to ensure the safety of your family.
arly Infant Swim Instruction – Ensuring your children know how to swim at an early age is incredibly important and can be the difference between life and death for a child. While getting infant swim instruction is ideal, it’s a good idea to get swimming lessons no matter what age your children are.
Anytime children are in the pool or playing in the backyard it is important to have them remain under constant supervision. If you need to go inside – even if it’s just for a minute, make sure your children get out of the pool.
lways Check the Pool First – If you lose sight of your children your first instinct may be to check their rooms or even the street, but the first place you should actually check is your pool since children only need to be alone for a minute or two to get themselves into a dangerous situation.
erify Caretakers Know CPR – Everyone in your house should know how to perform CPR, this means any adult who watches your children and even older children if you have teens in your family.
ducate Caretakers on Pool Safety – Anyone who is charged with the care of your children should be educated on pool safety, this includes parents, grandparents, and babysitters.
emember that Drowning is Silent – Not only is it silent, but it is the number one accidental killer of children ages 1-4.
We recommend printing and displaying these steps in your home as a visual reminder to take extra precautions with your pool at all times. Not only are drownings a leading cause of death for children under the age of 5, but 69% of pool drownings occur under parental supervision. This is why it’s so important to enforce multi safety measures in your home.
In addition to all of the above, when it comes to your pool fence, it’s important to have all of these “must-haves” in place.
Must-Haves for Your Mesh Pool Fence
- A fence that has a self-closing, self-latching gate with a latch knob at least 6” above the gate.
- A fence that can withstand 100+ pounds of force.
- A fence that does not have any sharp hooks or points on the latches of hardware.
- A fence made of four lines of stitching securing the border to the mesh
In San Diego, swimming pool season will be here before you know it, which means there’s no time to waste in getting your pool ready. Now is the perfect time to go through our pool safety checklist so your sure family can safely enjoy your swimming pool all summer long. If you need to install new pool fencing, contact us today at (619) 554-2002.