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How to make the pool area safer for the kids

by emily

in Design & Trends

Accidents happen all too often when children and pools are involved. And it’s usually unnecessary accidents because something could have been done to prevent it. It’s quite simple, really. If you have a pool and you have children (from whenever they start crawling until the age they are able to be responsible around the pool), you need to have safety measures in place.  

Pool covering  

An easy step to take is to invest in a pool cover of sorts. Just think carefully about how old your children are and what their swimming capabilities are when deciding on a cover. Plastic covers are great for making it seem like a no-go zone, but should your child fall onto the cover, they’d be swallowed by the plastic and weight of the water coming in, which then defeats the purpose of the cover.

Safer options include a tarp pool coverings that can be secured outside, over the pool instead of simply laid over as the plastic cover is. This will ensure that the cover can hold more weight should anyone fall over onto the covering. Then you could also opt for a pool net to secure over the pool. Should a child try to walk over it they will get stuck between the holes and not be able to fall into the water and drown.

Fence it off

Your next step is to secure the perimeter around the pool. Yes, even if you have your pool covering in place. Be honest with yourself, how often are you going to remember or feel like replacing the pool cover after every hot summer’s afternoon swim?

There are a variety of picket fence options you can look for that will be high enough for you to see over into the pool area, while keeping the smaller kids out and out of reach of the gate lock. Toddlers are curious and clever and will fiddle with anything they can reach on their tippy-toes. Put a pool fence in place until that level of supervision is no longer necessary, basically until they are old enough to understand the dangers of the pool.

Around the pool paving

It’s important to have the right paving and floor material surrounding the pool as it will affect whether or not your children will slip if they’re running around the pool (which they shouldn’t be doing, but we’re still getting to the pool rules section). You don’t want to use smooth stones or concrete as a paving material because when they get wet they will become slippery and that is a disaster waiting to happen.

Bricks can works, as well as other rough cobblestones. You also get non-slip treatment solutions that can be put over the paving material of your choice. This will stop the stone from becoming slippery when it gets wet and save you from having to make a trip to the emergency room.

Storage for pool toys

Part of the slipping and falling problem around the pool is the fact that all the pool toys seem to be lying around. You can trust that your child isn’t always going to focus on where they’re running when playing swimming games. Have an easily accessible storage area for pool toys where they can quickly be thrown into while everyone is still swimming and, at the end of the day, you can put them away neatly.

But when there’s no designated area, they end up being left in the “runway” which could lead to trips, falls and unwanted injuries. And, more than that, leaving toys out will grab the attention of toddlers who will then make it their mission to enter the pool area.

Steps and rails

Having steps and built in rails or grooves for children to hold onto while they’re swimming is another way that your pool can be safer for children. It will make getting in and out of the pool safer than trying to hold onto a pool ladder and it will make moving around the pool for beginner swimmers easier as well.

Having the first two steps reach just under knee height on an adult is ideal as younger children can safely play on these steps (under supervision of course). It also gives children a place to rest their muscles and catch their breath before swimming some more. You don’t want your children swallowing water because they have no place to hold onto or stop to rest. There are many cases where fatigue has lead to unfortunate accidents.

Pool rules

It’s important to establish pool rules with your older kids. Not too many otherwise they’re likely to forget, but enough to help them think logically about it themselves. A few good rules to implement include:

  • No running around the pool (especially when wet).
  • No swimming without some form of supervision (always let an adult know when wanting to swim).
  • Always keep the pool gate closed for younger kids.

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