Having a pool can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. In fact, from 2005 to 2014, approximately 10 people died each day from unintentional drowning in the United States. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent a drowning in your pool, two of which are listed below.
Use a Pool Safety Cover
One of the most important things you can do is to use a pool safety cover. This cover will prevent anyone from falling into the pool, especially small children. You can have a pool safety cover custom made so that it fits your pool perfectly.
One type of pool safety cover is a made of mesh. In most cases, this is the least expensive option. This type of cover is light, so it is much easier to handle. Even though this cover is made of mesh, it is still strong enough to handle a large amount of weight. This cover uses a special type of locking system to secure it in place.
When it rains or snows, the water drains into the pool. The mesh is woven tight, so you do not have to worry about any large debris, such as leaves and sticks, getting into your pool.
Another type of pool safety cover is a solid cover. This type of cover blocks everything from water to sticks from getting into your pool. You will not have to worry about cleaning the pool as often, and you will have much less maintenance work to do when you open the pool back up in the spring.
Install a Pool Fence
Another thing you should do is to install a fence around the pool with a locking gate. Depending on where you live, this may be required by law.
You can choose a tall wooden privacy fence if you do not want people to see you while you are swimming. A chain link fence also works well, just make sure it is tall enough so children cannot climb over the fence and get in your pool. There is also a mesh pool fence that works great. The mesh is tightly woven so nothing can get through it, but it is strong enough to withstand wind, hard rains, etc. These fences are also tall so people cannot climb over them.
Another option you have is using vertical bar fencing. You can choose from a variety of materials, including aluminum, wood, vinyl, or wrought iron. If you choose this, check with your state as you may have laws on how wide you have to place the vertical bars.
Talk with a pool company about using a pool safety cover and fence. They can answer questions you may have and help you make the right choice.