Pool and spa construction experts offer advice on some tips for swimming pool safety.
These are physical structures installed to prevent access to the pool:
Install a fence of at least 4 feet in height. The fence should not have any footholds to facilitate climbing over.
The fence should have a self-latching gate
Install a pool cover that is strong enough to hold human weight without breaking
Install a pool alarm that goes off when someone gets into the water
Secure the door from the house to the pool with a lock above the reach of children
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The ‘buddy’ system should be strongly enforced. No children should be allowed to go near the pool unsupervised. Even experienced adults should have someone keeping an eye on them. Experienced swimmers drown from diving accidents. Inexperienced swimmers should wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket.
All members of the family should be taught swimming skills by a qualified swimming instructor. The Red Cross provides age-appropriate water orientation.
It is important to have water rescue equipment. These include:
Pool safety lines
First responder emergency kit
It is crucial that everyone in the family learns how to use this equipment. In addition post emergency rescue numbers where they are clearly visible and a telephone next to it.
Diving board use
Naples pool construction professionals say it is inadvisable to have a diving board in a pool where there are children. The board will be a strong fatal attraction. Diving accidents involving adults happen when a person dives from the board jumping too far and hitting the head on the pool’s floor. The diving board should be regularly checked for rust and cracks.
Swimming pool cleaning chemicals are hazardous. Chlorine, which is the most common, used chemical, releases strong toxic fumes that can corrode the lungs. These chemicals can also burn the skin.
Follow proper instructions when administering these chemicals to the pool. This is to avoid skin, eye and nose irritation from too much chemical concentration.