I’m not usually one to lead with scary statistics, but this one bears mentioning to any homeowners with swimming pools. The Center for Disease Control reports that accidental drowning is the fifth highest cause of
I’m not usually one to lead with scary statistics, but this one bears mentioning to any homeowners with swimming pools. The Center for Disease Control reports that accidental drowning is the fifth highest cause of death in America, with about ten people dying daily this way. On average, two of those ten are under the age of 14. These numbers are significant. It’s enough to make you consider the safety of your pool, at the very least.
Some pool owners don’t have as much to worry about. They don’t have small children or other vulnerable household members, and nobody goes in the pool but them. Others have above ground pools that are not very deep, nor easily entered by people who are likely to drown. For those with kids, pets, or household members who should not swim unattended, the above statistics are legitimate cause for concern.
Luckily, there are ways to protect your pool from somebody drowning in it. There are basically two options when it comes to protecting your pool. The first is a pool cover. There are several options. The cheapest is no protection at all. In fact, if a person becomes entangled in a flimsy pool cover, it’ll be even harder to swim. The most effective options will attach firmly at many points all the way around the pool. They’ll also be made of a thick, sturdy material, enough for someone to walk out on without falling over or falling through. This can even be a solid material, like the cover for a hot tub, though this will be harder for some larger pool sizes. There are even options for automatically closing cool covers, which can go from open to shut in as little as thirty seconds. Whether you cover your pool by hand or by remote control, this is the bare minimum safety measure for any pool owner with kids or pets.
Another great option is pool fencing. There are several different manufacturers, but Aquaview has my favorite version of the product. With a fence like this, your pool will have a frameless, see-through glass enclosure. The glass is tempered, strong enough to stand up to even the worst roughhousing. It is easily removed if you ever want to have a party or some other function without having a fence blocking the pool. But it is also totally transparent, so your sight-line isn’t broken when the pool is in use and when it is out of season.
Whatever your choice, it is important that pool owners with swimming-vulnerable friends and family to invest in some form of pool safety. This is especially true when the pool’s owner is not actively monitoring the use of the water. In many cases, there are liability issues, not to mention the personal difficulty that comes from injury or death in a swimming pool. Even if it’s just buying yourself peace of mind, nobody is ever sorry they invested in pool safety equipment. In many ways, it is a completion of the investment you made when you put in your pool. Now you can enjoy it, comfortable in the knowledge that no one will be hurt.