Swimming Pool Safety Tips

As a pool fence company based in Arizona, Secure Swim understands the importance of implementing comprehensive safety measures to prevent child-related pool accidents and ensure peace of mind. Here are 10 tips to safeguard your pool area. By following these recommendations, you can create a secure environment for your little ones.

  1. Adult Supervision: Above any other safety measure, adult supervision around any body of water at all times is most important. Nothing ensures safety more than a designated adult supervising children closely in and around water. To prevent an accident, there must be a responsible adult keeping a watchful eye.
  1. Swimsuit Color: Recently, a study shown on the Akron Children’s Hospital website circulated about which swimsuit colors were best for spotting a child in a body of water. Bright, neon colors including bright orange, yellow, and green stood out the best for spotting a child in the water. It is worth noting that blues and greens almost completely disappeared, and white and light blue were the hardest to see in the water during the test.
  1. Early Swimming Lessons: Teaching your children to swim at an early age is another way to help them be safe around water. At Secure Swim, we personally selected ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) with Elizabeth Currie. Starting at 6 months old, this provided an extra layer of peace of mind for us. The ISR training left our children with the tools to roll over and float independently for up to two minutes if they fell into the pool.
  1. Physical Barrier: A physical barrier, such as a pool fence, between your children and the pool is one of the most important things you can install at your home. While nothing will ever match keeping a close, constant watch over your children, having a pool fence that separates your children from the pool while they are outside in your backyard will provide an extra layer of safety when you’re not around — 24/7.

The pool fence must have a self-closing, self-latching pool gate, be properly installed by a professional, and be checked for any rips or tears (typically from dogs) regularly. Pool fences are NOT a substitute for adult supervision, but they most certainly add an important level of protection to your home.

  1. Locked Exterior Doors: Keeping all exterior doors safely locked can also help deter small children from exiting the home into the backyard without supervision. This can include additional locks placed at the top of the doors out of reach of little ones.
  1. Audible Alarms: All exterior doors should have audible alarms on them for when they are opened. This can alert a parent to an unsupervised child exiting the home into the backyard without supervision.

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    1. Pet Door Placement: Dog/Pet doors should be placed so they do not provide unintentional access to the pool area. This is oftentimes an overlooked issue, but many pet doors are installed before the addition of children to the family. The pet door placement must be reevaluated and adjusted if necessary.
    1. Pool Gate Security: Pool gates should never be propped open for any reason. The purpose of a self-closing, self-latching fence is to maintain a level of constant security. If the gate is propped open for any reason, it leaves children at risk of entering the pool area without proper supervision.
    1. Pool Net Maintenance: Swimming pool nets should be replaced in between swimming sessions — even if the sessions are only separated by a few minutes for a potty break. Leaving the nets off to go inside for a drink, snack, or to potty, leaves the pool completely exposed to fatal accidents. Pool nets must be replaced any time there is not an adult supervising the activity in the water.
    1. Obstacles Awareness: Make sure that you are aware of any short pony walls, large boulders, pool equipment, patio furniture, etc., that could serve as a way for young small children to climb up and over the physical pool barrier. These items should be moved to prevent any children from climbing the fence.

    Ensuring pool safety requires a multi-layered approach, from constant adult supervision to physical barriers. By implementing the tips outlined above, you can reduce the risk of accidents significantly and create a safer environment for children.

    At Secure Swim, we are committed to promoting pool safety and providing solutions to protect your family. Together, let’s make water safety a top priority and enjoy peace of mind knowing our youngest loved ones are well protected. Contact us online to request a FREE pool safety evaluation. To request a FREE pool fence estimate, please call us at (877) 422-7946.