Summertime means more and more people will be spending time in and around
their pools. With all this activity, it’s time to check and make
sure your pool is accident-proof. Get ready for a safe summer with these
steps to keep your pool accident-free.
Fence the Area
Appropriate fencing around your pool area is necessary. This can prevent
children from falling in, or from entering the pool without supervision.
The fence should completely enclose the pool area, and separate it from
the house and the rest of the yard. The fence should be at least four
feet high, and all entrances to the pool area should have a self-locking
gate. The gate catch should be out of reach of children.
You may also wish to invest in an alarm that will notify you when a gate
has been opened. Remember to leave the alarm on unless there is active
supervision in the pool area. This can prevent children from entering
the pool area without your knowledge.
Enroll your children in swimming lessons. This can be the difference between
life and death if a child falls into the pool or enters without supervision.
Children should never be allowed to be in the pool area unsupervised,
but if an accident were to happen, knowing how to swim can protect your
children from drowning.
Children who are not strong swimmers, or who are very young, should wear
life jackets whenever they are in the pool area. A life jacket can help
protect against drowning, but cannot be substituted for active supervision.
Supervise All Activity in the Pool Area
Any activity near a pool should be watched over by an adult. Make sure
there is an adequate ratio of adults to child swimmers. Adults who are
in charge of watching the pool should not drink or be distracted by phones
or conversation. Even a few seconds of distraction can be enough to miss
signs of distress. Active supervision of swimmers and those in the pool
area is the surest way to prevent an accident.
Summer fun in the pool can be kept safe with a few precautions. Taking
steps to increase the safety of your pool can reduce the liability you
have as a homeowner, as well as protect those you love. Prevent accidents
and protect your family by following the above tips, and accident-proofing
your pool today.
Pool-related accidents can often end in tragedy. If you or a loved one
has experienced a swimming pool accident, you need the dedicated legal
representation of ourDenver personal injury attorneys.
Contact Jordan Law today to find out more about your
free case evaluation.