9 Benefits of Having a Pool Equipped with Safety Equipment
Three years of accumulated statistical data on drownings in swimming pools and spas indicate that 390 people, on average, have died each year. Children one to three years old make up 64 percent of fatal swimming pool and spa drownings. Simply installing a locking cover on a spa could prevent accidental drownings, but your swimming pool cannot affordably be secured in the same manner. Here are nine benefits of equipping your pool with safety equipment.
Insurance Premium Reduction
Your insurance company may offer you a discount on your homeowners insurance policy if your swimming pool has safety equipment such as a fence and automatically locking access gate. Sensors that sound an alarm when something enters the swimming pool may demonstrate your commitment to pool safety.
Meeting Government Regulations
There are federal, state and local jurisdiction rules and regulations for having a backyard swimming pool. The regulations also may vary depending on if the pool is inflatable, temporary, in-ground, above ground and more. There are all kinds of products that are technically a “pool,” and satisfying regulatory requirements for your swimming pool can prevent fines or an order to remove your swimming pool. This includes determining if a permit to have a swimming pool is necessary where you live.
Keeping Your Neighbors Happy
Your neighbors, especially those with young children who are fascinated with your new swimming pool, will likely be happier if you demonstrate to them your commitment to pool safety by proper fencing, passive-lock gates, warning devices and more. Many temporary swimming pools can be made a bit safer by removing the access ladders/steps and physically locking them away or chaining them to unmovable objects to deny access to the water.
Preventing Successful Litigation
Everyone knows this is a world where lawyers take advantage of any opportunity to sue for money. Pool accidents are tragic. It is even more tragic to have lacked in taking safety precautions to prevent accidental pool drownings and lose your home, savings and more to a civil lawsuit due to a pool accident. Accidents can still happen, but proof of going above and beyond the need for safety equipment for swimming pools can be of great benefit if an accident does happen anyway.
It is easy to be concerned about your own children and grandchildren and all of the children in your neighborhood when it comes to safety precautions for your swimming pool. However, you should also be aware that accidental pet drownings in swimming pools also occur. Pets can easily fall into or jump into a pool, but they often cannot easily get out. Also, solar covers can make it impossible for a pet who is used to going into and out of your pool to get out. Warning alarms that sound inside your home are useful to protect pets from drowning.
Inexperienced Swimmer Protection
Eventually your swimming pool will be used by inexperienced swimmers of all ages. Keeping floaties, inner tubes, swim noodles and other flotation-assist devices at the poolside can help prevent a drowning incident. All children who cannot swim very well should be required to wear a proper flotation device and be monitored the entire time they are in the pool. You should also monitor adults who are not good swimmers too, especially if you have a pool that exceeds four feet in depth.
Lightning is a real danger for swimmers. Lightingsafety.noaa.gov says, “If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning!” A weather radio that automatically alerts of lightning and storms in your area is a pool safety device that may not be considered much but is, nevertheless, very needed.
Pool safety equipment includes a safe and lockable storage area for pool chemicals. Chlorine is highly toxic and even physically dangerous. It can burn eyes and skin. If chlorine tabs come in contact with other chemicals such as glycerin and oils, it can burst into flame and burn your house or garage down. A metal cabinet with a sturdy lock can prevent accidental poisoning and more from dangerous pool chemicals.
Non-Drowning Accident Prevention
Safety equipment such as warning signs can prevent injuries that may not lead to drowning but could still require a visit to the emergency room. Deck areas around pools are notorious for fall accidents. Loungers and toys are obstacles to children who are excited and want to run and play and jump into the pool. Signs give you a standard, and you can warn of hazards and enforce rules with them. People are used to obeying signs, and having them at your pool can help. Warn of deep ends, no diving areas, no running areas and whatever else you feel is necessary to keep family and guests safe.
Pools are great summertime fun, and the majority of pool owners never have any issues with accidents or injuries involved with their pools. Those who do are likely to have lacked in enforcing pool safety rules or neglecting to have safety equipment installed to protect swimmers and curious children and pets. In addition to making your pool safe during the swimming season, you should install a secure pool cover in the off-season to prevent anyone from falling in or being able to gain access to the water.