Most people looking for a home think having a pool will be a dream come true, which can be the case. However, if you do not take proper precautions, it can be one of the most dangerous features of your home. Here are my top home pool safety tips we have found since having our own pool.
1. Invest in a good-quality pool cover.
The safest pool cover you can get is a hard pool cover. They are one of the more expensive covers you can buy, but safety is really most important when owning a pool. You never know when children or adults who cannot swim might sneak into your backyard. If anyone ever gets injured or drowns in your pool, you are liable. Also, a retractable cover is the other best option if it fits into your budget. Both of these covers will also protect from unwanted dirt and debris all year long when the pool is not in use.
2. Install a protective fence around your pool.
Most newer homes with pools have fences already installed around the pool. If not, this should be number two on your to-do list. Even if you have a safe pool cover like we talked about in the first tip, your pool will realistically be uncovered at least part of the time when it is in use. Again, if you have small children, even those who can swim, accidents can still happen. They must be supervised by an adult at all times. You can install a self-closing gate in the fence that is accessible only by a electronic keypad to prevent small children from accessing the pool by themselves.
3. Make sure everyone in your family can swim.
Okay, maybe training for the summer olympics isn’t a realistic goal to most people. But obviously, for the safety of your own family, you should get all of your children in swimming lessons from birth. Pay attention to what the teacher is teaching your children so you can come home and work with them on the same things. When you have a pool at home, you can increase the amount of practice and learning time exponentially compared to those who do not have their own pool.
4. Install an alarm system.
Finally, install an alarm system in your home. If you already have an alarm system, make sure it has all the features you need to keep your home and pool safe. For example, we chose a local alarm company who had a SmartHome system with state of the art features that didn’t cost too much. Also, the Smith security reviews had nothing but positive things to say about the company, as we would not choose a company who did not take care of their customers. On our system, we have it set so that it chimes when any of our exterior doors are opened so we know if anyone goes out back without an adult with them. We also had outdoor cameras installed so we could have a permanent record of anyone going into the pool whether we were home or not. We can even watch this video footage from any of our wireless devices from anywhere in the world, so even when we are out of town we can rest assured we know what is going on with our pool and no one is using it without our permission.
Having a pool on your property is a luxury with an enormous resposibility. Use these 4 tips to keep your pool as safe as possible and your liability as low as possible. Thank you so much for reading, and please comment below with any additional tips or stories of how these tips have saved someone’s life.