Too many small children perish each year from drowning. Those at greatest risk are children under 5yrs of age. Why? Because a child can drown so quickly, in any body of water and usually silently. This means a child could have drowned before anyone realizes they are even missing. So, what are some safety measures that must be taken to protect children?
Pool barriers are an important safety factor if you have a swimming pool on your property. Whether it’s some kind of fence or wall, a pool barrier must meet specific guidelines provided for pool barriers. They must be of adequate height to prevent a child from climbing over. If the barrier is a fence, there should be the correct amount of spacing so as to prevent a small child from squeezing through and it should not be possible for a child to be able to get under it.
Even in the case of above ground pools, hot tubs and spas, there must be some safety measure in place to prevent a child accessing the water when no one is around.
If the walls of the home act as the pool barrier, make sure any doors that have direct access to the pool are fitted with an alarm that will sound when the doors are opened. It is best for the alarm sound to be distinguishable from any other sound heard in the house and loud enough to be heard throughout the home. In this way it will be easy to detect when someone has opened the doors.
We know you’ll agree that nothing is more important than a child’s safety and by following the regulations for pool barriers you will help protect your precious family members.