Pool safety is a common concern for many parents. After all, there are more than 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the U.S. Any open water can be dangerous for people of all ages but 20% of drowning victims are children younger than 14. Keeping children away from open water isn’t always easy but there are many ways to lower the risk of accidents. Educating yourself as a pool owner and a parent is the best way to keep everyone safe.
Many pools are surrounded by a pool fence or pool safety gate but that’s not an option for all homeowners. Some towns and communities have strict building codes that bar fences in backyards. Without the use of a fence or gate, pools pose a serious threat.
Imagine a five-year-old boy is playing with a large inflatable ball his parents just bought him. He’s having fun until he loses control of the ball and it ends up in the pool. He has two options: he can go get one of his parents and ask them to retrieve the ball, or he can go get it himself.
There are approximately 10 unintentional drowning deaths each day. Conditions such as this are the root cause of many of those deaths.
Situations like this happen every single day and being prepared for them is the best line of defense. A solution that is growing in popularity is the use of pool safety nets. An ideal option for underground pools, pool safety nets are custom made and child-resistant.
A pool safety net is essentially a web of strong yet flexible fabric that acts almost like a floor when it’s pulled taut. While it doesn’t keep children away from the edge of a pool, it prevents them from accessing the water. They can climb or walk across the net but won’t fall in.
Each net is made with custom measurements to fit the exact shape and size of your pool. The pool is then lined with a series of hooks that hold the net tight when it’s in use. The hooks are flat and lack sharp edges so children don’t hurt themselves on them when near the pool.
The net works great for parents with toddlers. While learning to walk and move around, they are known to explore as much as they can. This can become dangerous very quickly, even when a parent is home. With a pool safety net, a child can crawl towards the pool and remain safe.
When it comes to pool safety, there is no such thing as being too cautious. Installing a pool safety fence, pool gate or custom swimming pool net is a great way to put your mind at ease and keep your family safe.