Swimming pools are fantastic for relaxing alone or with family and friends. There is nothing better than jumping into a pool on a hot day, especially when you do not have to go further than your backyard. Installing safety devices and having safety equipment available in an emergency is an investment in your future.
Drowning accidents are a severe problem in Texas and throughout the United States. Children and their families are the ones who pay the highest price for pool safety violations. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is one of the greatest dangers to young children.
One of the most tragic aspects of drowning accidents is how preventable they are. Texas has enacted strict private and public swimming pool regulations to prevent accidents. When a person in charge of a pool neglects safety, they break the law and put lives at risk.
The deaths and injuries would have been entirely preventable in many other cases. Children are attracted to pools, but they do not understand the potential dangers. When making safety a priority, you can rest easy knowing you have done everything to ensure everyone’s safety.
Swimming pool safety devices fall into two general categories:
- They prevent children and others from getting into the water.
- Safety devices that you might need in an emergency
Safety requirements for private or public swimming pools vary depending on the community. However, some laws standardize safety requirements for public swimming pools throughout Texas. Even if a homeowner’s association, local ordinance, or other regulatory agency has stricter standards than Texas law, you can determine if a pool is safe by looking at Texas state swimming pool regulations.
However, it is best to install a security fence around the pool and provide the door to the wall with a security lock that is 48 inches above the ground.
Other safety accessories include safety covers or nets to prevent someone from falling into the pool. Install exit alarms to doors and windows providing access to pools. An alarm that notifies you if someone is in the water without your permission or knowledge. Finally, check the pool drain and ensure it has entrapment protection to keep swimmers from being held underwater by suction. A properly installed and intact drain cover can be a lifesaver. Check yours regularly.
A victim who is nearly drowned needs air. The longer the victim cannot get air, the greater the risk of brain damage or death. You will hopefully never need these CPR instructions but knowing what to do can save a loved one’s life. Place a laminated CPR instruction poster in a key location. Include emergency numbers, emergency contact information, and warning signs. Of course, someone should call 911 immediately. A 911 operator can give you instructions on what to do while an ambulance arrives at your location. However, the more prepared, the better. Organizations such as the Red Cross offer CPR, water safety, and first aid classes. CPR equipment for home use is also available.
Routine Safety Drills
Teach your children what to do and what not to do in emergencies. If they have friends over, ensure they know and follow your house rules and have them under supervision by an adult.
Safety and Rescue Equipment
Safety and rescue equipment should be kept in plain sight or nearby. Check them regularly to make sure they are still there and in good condition, such as:
- A rope and floating line – a visual reminder that separates the shallow from the pool’s deep end.
- Life jacket and hook – these artifacts are essential to have accessible. If someone is drowning, it will help to get someone to safety.
- First Aid Kit – there are kits designed to carry in a car, keep at home, or at work. Check your local Red Cross office to advise you which one you need to have at home or for a residential pool area.
Chlorine and Other Chemicals
Keep chemicals safe so a child cannot get to them. Using a reliable maintenance service makes this much more manageable.
Anyone can learn to swim, even very young children. It is fun and one of the best exercises for people of all ages.
Why Do You Need Pool Safety Equipment?
Proper pool safety equipment is a vital function of pool ownership. Accessories like life rings, safety fences, pool covers, and various safety equipment can make all the difference when a swimmer is in distress.
It is a fact that over 87% of drowning deaths occur in swimming pools or hot tubs of children under the age of 5. Most drowning cases occur in swimming pools owned by the homeowner or a neighbor.