When considering installing a pool of any kind in your backyard (on-ground included) you should consider some simple steps to making it more safe for children, pets and guests. At a minimum, any backyard pool needs to be closed in with a sturdy, non-climbable fence to help keep out people who may become injured if they were to use your pool without supervision. The pool can also be enclosed safely by having a non-non-climbable fence around the perimeter of the backyard. Removable safety fencing can also be an option for added safety around your pool as these fences can be kept closed at all time and then temporarily retracted when the pool is being used. Self-closing gates with self-closing latches are also valuable safety measures and most often required by law to help pool yards stay securely enclosed. After fencing, another easy way to keep children and pets safe is to install locks on the inside of all of the house doors that lead to your backyard. Install the locks up high on the doors where children and even the smartest of dogs can’t reach them and keep the locks on at all times. You can also install electric door chimes and alarms to each backyard door that signal you when the door is opened even slightly. To this end, a more cost-efficient measure is to hang bells or other noise-making objects high up on doors so that when opened, you can be alerted by the sound.
With ever-advancing technology, people are also installing new indoor and outdoor monitoring cameras and devices, several of which have mobile apps that allow you to watch backyard activity from your cell phone. There are also tech-savvy child safety wrist bands that signal a remote alarm when the band becomes submerged in water. With these, as long as a child has the wrist band on, an alarm will sound if the child’s wrist is in the water. Pool sensors that detect splashing and activity in the water have also been a popular option and these are now being made better so that they don’t falsely alert homeowners when a leaf has fallen into the pool.
Finally, a very easy to install and highly important safety measure which is often overlooked is the “FEET FIRST” entry policy. Plain and simply… significant head, neck and spinal cord injuries can be easily avoided by ensuring that everyone who uses the pool understands that there is no diving allowed and that it is just as much fun to jump in as it is to dive. In fact, reminding swimmers that even without serious injury, diving isn’t that much fun because it can actually hurt your back or your nose, throat, eyes, or skin especially if you’re not an experienced diver. “FEET FIRST ONLY PLEASE” is easy to remember and will read easily on a sign in your backyard.
Of course no single safety measure is going to give you guaranteed protection from accidents or injury, but every extra measure will certainly help improve the safety of your pool and backyard. Better still, consider using a few different safety measures and decide to install several devices to maximize accident prevention. And finally, one of the most sound precautions against pool-related injuries is a homeowner’s awareness of the risk factors and their dedication to always being careful and watchful especially when children are around their home and backyard.