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On a sweltering day in the middle of summer, nothing beats cooling off in the pool to get some much-needed relief from the heat. It is even more convenient when that pool is in your own backyard because you do not have to bring your swimming gear with you, get changed in communal changing rooms, or walk home with wet hair. It is pure happiness.
However, it can also be incredibly dangerous. In Australia, children aged one to three years old have the highest rate of unintentional injury deaths, and drowning is the leading cause of those deaths.
Despite the fact that this statistic may make you feel a little uneasy, it does not imply that you should close your pool and fill it in so that it can never be used again. Simply put, it indicates that you need to take measures to ensure that everyone, but particularly young children, can use your pool in a risk-free and secure manner. One of the best things that you can do is enrol your kids in swim lessons so that they know how to swim. but that alone is not enough.
Because of this, taking precautions, even if they seem excessive, is always a good idea, even though it only takes literally looking away for a few seconds for something terrible to happen.
Install a fence all the way around your pool.
Installing a strong fence around a swimming pool is the most efficient method for keeping children away from the water. Because of this barrier, children will not be able to wander over to the edge and hurt themselves when you are not looking. Gates should ideally open outward, away from the pool, and they should be self-closing and self-latching in case someone accidentally forgets to shut the gate behind them. In addition to this, gates should open in the direction away from the pool. It is recommended that the fence be as high as possible.
Install a monitoring and alarm system.
If you are concerned that fencing alone will not be sufficient to keep intruders out, you can have alarms installed on the gates so that you will be notified as soon as they are opened. There is also the option of installing underwater swimming pool alarms. These alarms will detect any unexpected movement or wave activity and will provide you with a significant amount of peace of mind.
Learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is something that should be on everyone’s to-do list, but it becomes even more important if you have a pool in your backyard. If the worst should happen, whether it be to a child or an adult, being able to perform CPR safely until medical assistance arrives is a huge advantage for you. If you are able to perform CPR, read on.
Having a swimming pool in your backyard can be a significant source of enjoyment, but it also brings with it a significant amount of responsibility. If you follow these steps, you can ensure that everyone stays happy and safe.