posted on Aug 30, 2018
Securing the home pool area is the primary duty of every owner. World statistics speak for themselves: 85% of drownings for children and adolescents under the age of 14 take place in the pool at home.
A figure that should make us reflect on the importance of combining relaxation and fun given by the crystal-clear water with the safety of swimmers. Here are a few basic rules to ensure a fun-filled summer for yourself and your family.
Protection of Children
The problem of safety in the pool obviously concerns both adults and children. However, it is children, precisely because of their tender age, who risk the most. They do not by their nature know the safety boundaries and sometimes they do not recognize the danger.
The duty of an adult is to set up the area dedicated to the pool taking into account the various dangers to which the kids can meet. Neglect can bring irreparable consequences.
The first but fundamental piece of advice is the simplest but also the most disregarded: never lose sight of or leave alone the little one who is in the pool. The moments of distraction can be fatal, it takes just 10 seconds underwater to risk drowning.
To guarantee the safety of the little ones while using the pool it is essential:
• Provide children with arm rests, life jackets and life jackets, especially if they are very small
• Teach them how to swim as soon as possible
• Never leave them alone in water
• Know first rescue techniques
However, accidents can also occur outside the water. For this reason it is good practice to keep products used for cleaning and disinfecting the pool away from children.
Safety rules in the pool
The prevention of accidents in the pool also goes through precise rules that children and adolescents must observe.
Knowing how to behave in the pool is not just a matter of education but a way to protect yourself from possible accidents. In general children should be taught to:
• Do not run around the pool
• Avoid pushes and acrobatics from the trampoline
• Always use the appropriate non-slip flip flops
• Avoid potentially dangerous games such as keeping your child's head underwater
• Take a shower before entering the water to lower body temperature
• Secure the entrance to the pool
Free access to the pool is not only dangerous for children but also for pets. The presence of a fence and a security gate that closes not only the tub but also the surrounding area, is an effective precaution to avoid the danger of accidents.
The ideal height of the fence must not be less than 48 inches tall and the gate must be equipped with special springs that allow it to close automatically after each passage. This is a fundamental precaution to prevent the entrance from remaining dangerously open.
Once the fence is installed, it is necessary to periodically check that there are no issues, providing immediately for any repairs or replacements of damaged parts.
The security cover for the pool
The pool can represent a potential hazard even when it is not in use. For this reason it is good practice to cover the pool with a solid and robust safety cover that is capable of holding the weight of a child without bending.
The pool cover offers numerous advantages:
• It is the most economical means of protection
• Protects not only from accidents but also helps to keep the water clean
The alarm system is perfect to guarantee the safety during the use of the swimming pool. It is designed to go into operation as soon as it detects the presence of an intrusion or a sudden opening of the gate.
The alarms are divided into:
This type of alarms are arranged along the perimeter of the pool and come into operation when an intruder enters the controlled area.
The dive alarm is ideal for detecting a person's fall into the water. The most sophisticated models are able to operate if a child under a certain weight accidentally falls into the pool.
Common sense and some precautions are the essential combination for securing your pool. Last advice: always have a first aid kit on hand, perfect even in case of cuts and bruises.
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