Keeping Your Pool Safe This Summer

Young Boy Relaxing and Having Fun in Swimming Pool on Yellow RafSwimming pools can be a summer retreat right in your own backyard, but that fun does come with some risks. Every day approximately 11 people die from unintentional drowning. These drownings can be prevented if the right actions are taken as a precaution. Continue reading to learn more about items that can make your pool safer this summer and put your mind at ease.

Pool Safety Covers

Pool safety covers are a smart way to keep your pool covered during any time of year. It serves its job to protect the pool in the winter, but in the summer it can also be placed on the pool to keep family and friends from falling in. Most safety covers can hold up to 350 pounds per square foot and nearly 5,000 pounds total.

Pool Alarm

Pool alarms can be a very useful tool to prevent disasters in and around your pool. There are various types of pool alarms, which include:

  • Wall Mounted Pool Alarms: These alarms are designed to alert you if someone is around the pool, typically using infrared beams to detect movement.
  • Pool Mounted Infrared Detectors: Like wall mounted alarms, these can use infrared detectors to sense when someone is in the pool, as the detector is placed poolside.
  • Underwater Motion Alarms: These alarms use a sonar grid underwater, and will go off if someone is under the water. These alarms can be used with any size or shape pool.
  • Personal Immersion Detector: With this detector, you can put a wristband on any of your family members or friends who you do not want by the pool alone. If they go in the pool it will sound an alarm to wherever you decide to position the base.

Pool Fencing

By installing a safety fence around the edge of your pool, you are adding an extra layer of security preventing any children from reaching the pool when alone. This fencing is also typically removable, so it can be removed during times of high supervision where the fencing would get in the way, such as pool parties.

Rescue Equipment

No one ever wants anyone to get hurt at the pool. But as a precaution, it is essential to ensure that you have any proper equipment to treat injuries. Proper equipment often includes:

  • First-Aid Kit: A backyard first-aid kit should include a number of things. It typically includes adhesive bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, no-latex gloves, scissors, tweezers, and sunscreen.
  • Safety Ring Buoy: This can be a crucial tool to keep struggling swimmers afloat. Typically, it should be at least 17 inches in diameter, and it should be kept as close to the pool as possible to provide easy access in an emergency situation.
  • Life Hook: A life hook can be used to pull a swimmer to safety. A proper life hook should be able to extend at least half the width and length of your pool. If it is shorter than that, then it will be more difficult to reach the struggling swimmer.

Keeping your family, friends, and yourself safe should always be a priority, so treat it that way. Make sure your at-home paradise is up to the highest level of safety with these pool safety items. Having the proper insurance coverage can be key to protecting your family and home. Check with your insurance company to see if your homeowners insurance covers your pool, or if it is your best interest to purchase additional coverage.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding pool safety, preventative measures, and insurance coverage for your pool,  contact us at TJ Woods Insurance. We look forward to hearing from you.