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How to Take the Anxiety Out of Pool Ownership

pool netIf you have a pool and/or hot tub, it’s imperative to implement safety measures to prevent drownings and accidents. While most Americans think they are great swimmers, it’s estimated that less than 45% of citizens know basic water-safety skills. Even more frightening is that only 56% of Americans have knowledge of the five core swimming skills. With this in mind, pool owners (public AND private) are responsible for the safety conditions surrounding any open water that may pose a threat to small children or uneducated swimmers.

Pool Fencing/Pool Gates: A fence should always have a self-closing and self-latching gate, with the handle out of the reach of children (4 feet is the recommended height of latches). Any furniture surrounding the pool or laying outside should be bolted down or chained. Many drownings happen after children figure out they can reach the handle by standing on a piece of furniture they can move.

Pool Nets: A safety gate isn’t always enough when it comes to keeping children away from pools or hot tubs. Installing a pool net is a second line of defense if a child makes their way past a fence. The net is held taut by hooks that line the pool. If a child does manage to get to the pool, they will be unable to fall in and will only land on the net.

Education: One of the biggest and most important aspects of keeping children safe around open water is education. Swimming classes are offered in most communities that teach children as young as 2 how to swim AND respect water. They are taught the dangers of open water but also how to rescue themselves if they happen to fall in.

Safety is the number one concern of parents. Unfortunately, the intention isn’t always enough to keep them safe. About 20% of drowning victims are 14 years old or younger. By being proactive and persistent, parents can help keep their children safe from drowning while also teaching them valuable life skills.

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