Now is the time to do some Spring cleaning both inside your house and outside in your backyard. This means for homeowners with a pool in Connecticut or New York to ensure their yard is safe for a summer season of pool fun. To assist you, we’ve created a comprehensive Backyard Pool Safety Checklist for homeowners to follow to protect your family from accidental drownings.
A Comprehensive Backyard Pool Safety Checklist
At Life Saver Pool Fence we created an easy to remember formula for creating a safe space for your backyard and pool using our pool safety tips and checklist. Here’s how to become a “LIFESAVER” for your family:
Layers of protection
Install a pool alarm
Fence the pool
Early Infant Swim Instruction
Always Check the Pool First
Verify Caretakers Know CPR
Educate Caretakers on Pool Safety
Remember that Drowning is Silent
We recommend printing and displaying these steps in your home as a visual reminder to take extra precautions with your pool at all times. Even print it and put it by your pool – be creative and always put safety first.
Here is a complete breakdown of the checklist in more detail:
We recommend installing multiple layers of protection in your yard to protect your family and pets from having easy access to the pool. This includes our two next points – installing a pool alarm to detect any water disturbances and putting up a safety barrier fence around your pool. It is also advisable to install locks on any doors that provide access to the backyard.
It is also highly advisable to get some education on pool safety. For infants and children, this means early swim instruction. For adults, this means not only ensuring anyone who is considered a guardian or babysitter understands pool safety, but also knows how to perform CPR.
Anytime children are in the pool or playing in the backyard it is important to have them remain under constant supervision. Children only need to be alone for a minute or two to get themselves into a dangerous situation. If you need to go inside, make sure your children get out of the pool for the times your eyes are not on them. It’s also important to keep in mind that if at any time you cannot find your children to check the pool first before searching anywhere else. Remember that drowning is silent and is the number one accidental killer of children ages 1-4.
In addition to all of the above, when it comes to your pool fence, it’s important to have all of these “must-haves” in place.
Mesh Pool Fence Must-Haves
- A fence that has a self-closing, self-latching gate with a latch knob at least 6” above the gate.
- A fence that can withstand 100+ pounds of force.
- A fence that does not have any sharp hooks or points on the latches of hardware.
- A fence made of four lines of stitching securing the border to the mesh
Baby Proof Your Home Too
Lastly, while we are focused on child safety, remember to childproof your home on the inside too in order to avoid home hazards. There are incredibly practical solutions to almost any baby proofing challenge, and we provide that service to you as well upon request. In fact, we can baby proof your entire home from top to bottom. Window locks, for example, can help keep small children away from pools too, just to provide one example of how baby proofing is linked to pool safety. We want to put up barriers to access points like pet doors, gates, stairs etc. and anything else that could be a child in danger.
Swimming pool season will be here before you know it. Don’t waste any time getting your pool ready for the warm month. The spring is the perfect time to go through our pool safety checklist so your sure family can safely enjoy your pool all summer long. If you need to install new pool fencing, contact us today at (203) 925-8622.