Safety in a pool with young kids
Some products and things to know when you are afraid of a young pool around a swimming pool are:
- Pool barrier fence- these are removable fencing that have a see through screen that anchors into the pool deck and will have a self closing gate with a key to get into. Some people don’t like the look of these and or the cost. Here are a list of photos of the system. Click here.
- A permanent fence- some yard will allow this setup, its where you would install aluminum or iron fencing and have a gate coming off of your rear porch/s if you have one and the side and back to surround the swimming pool area. Aluminum is less expensive than the iron but iron is stronger and more heavy duty. Coming off the porch, you could do a single or double self closing/locking gate/s. Here is a website of aluminum fencing. Click here.
- Door alarm systems- these tend to be cheap and can be a pain to deal with especially if you deal with the rear door/s a lot. It is a device that lets off a siren when any door leading to the pool is opened. Here is an example. Click here.
- Pool covers- these tend to be expensive and we find tend to make the pool a chore and have issues with things like the ropes that pull the cover to stretch, etc. It really only works properly on a rectangle pool. Click here for an idea.
- A simple lock/latch you would put on any exterior doors that lead to the pool. This would be a cheap and simple way to have some assurance. Click here.
Here are some things you can do and learn to teach and take care of your child when you own a pool:
- Swimming lessons- this is VERY important and actually can be taught to babies even starting under a year old. Continuing training/lessons is the best way to train your child not just for your backyard but any pool at a hotel or on a vacation. Knowing that your child knows what to do in the water is the best training you can do for your child.
- CPR classes- having the knowledge in an unlikely event of anybody drowning is CPR. This is something you will probably never have to do in your life but just having the knowledge of what to do in any case, even choking on food, is a good feeling to any parent. Click here for more info.
- Floating swim suits- these are good for double assurance with young kids, while they do swim lessons. They are better than the old “floaties” you grew up with, as these act more like a life preserver. Click here for examples.
- Video cameras- there are plenty of wifi cameras that can be put around a pool to watch over it. A lot of the cameras can pick up motion and alert a smartphone that motion has been detected, even at night! From the phone you would open up an app and watch your pool “live”. Click here for more info.
- Supervision- when the child/children are in the pool the best way to keep your kids safe is to watch and supervise. I recommend if not swimming yourself, to get a comfortable chair and pick a location where you can see the whole pool while the child/children swim. It’s kind of like texting while driving, supervision is a constant thing to do with young children. If you look at your phone for 5 minutes before picking up your head to look again, that where the issue tends to happen.
At Crystal Pools, we feel the best cost effective way to keep your safe outside supervision is some sort of locking device to all doors leading to the pool. If you have a fence that the kids can enter from the front of the home, put a self/closing spring so that the gate shuts after being open. Also, use a lock or locking device to keep the fence off limits. If you want the kids to be able to play in the rear yard at all times, coming up with a aluminum fence strategy to cut off the side yard from the pool may be the way to go. Lastly, wifi exterior video cameras are a nice added feature that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Also,for more info please click here. I hope this helps and if you have ANY questions, please email or call us! We are here for you!!!