Protecting your children in your family pool is a given! Every parent knows the importance of protecting your loved ones, but have you considered protecting small creatures that may wander into your pool? Small animals such as cats, dogs, frogs, squirrels, and rodents can often find their way into your pool water. In the U.S. alone, over 50,000 family pets drown needlessly in swimming pools and walled lakes each year . This number does not even include non-pet drownings. There are tools available to help prevent this sad occurrence. In addition to the humane act of sparing the small animals’ lives, you minimize bacteria from animal waste because they will be safe and sound on your pool deck instead of being trapped in your pool skimmer. The Pool Critter Escape Ramp is a floating ramp with a weighted pillow that sits on your pool deck. When small animals fall into your water, they will instinctively swim to the sides of the pool looking for a way out. When they encounter the escape ramp, they can crawl out on their own. The Skamper-Ramp works in a similar way. It is constructed of blowmolded polyethylene that is both light and sturdy. It is also chemical and weather resistant to offer protection over many seasons! Both choices are affordable and almost effortless to install!
I want to share some rather startling statistics regarding children and pool safety. According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 1-14 years old. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 75 percent of the children involved in swimming pool submersion or drowning accidents were between 1 and 3 years old. Owning a pool is a great privilege, but also a huge responsibility. In addition to securing your pool with a fence and installing pool alarms, pool safety covers are the perfect way to keep children and animals from accidental drowning. In order for a cover to be considered a “safety” cover, it must be able to hold a minimum of 485 pounds per five square feet. Since this is much more than the weight of even an average adult, you can be assured that any children or animals that might accidently enter your pool area will be safely supported. Safety covers come in two forms: solid and mesh. Both types of safety covers are anchored to a deck with straps that pull the cover taut over the pool. The straps are usually attached to springs and are anchored to recessed brackets in a deck surface. This gives the cover the necessary tension and strength to support huge amounts of weight. It is important to note that only covers that are designated “safety” covers are designed for this purpose. Solar covers, winter covers, and leaf nets will not aid in drowning prevention. Safety covers are an investment in your family’s protection.
Running around the pool can be dangerous. It is always wet and slippery. Falls can be painful and costly for both guests and pool owners. Applying Invisatred Anti-Slip Solution is a great way to prevent slips and falls in your pool area. Invisatred is an invisible slip resistant treatment that gives traction to pool decks and other slippery surfaces without changing the look or feel of the surface. It safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable and can be reapplied every two years without altering a surface. It can be applied with a mop or sponge. You apply, wait 15 minutes, and rinse away. It is that easy! Invisatred can be applied to almost all indoor and outdoor surfaces, excluding wood. It’s a great way to protect your pool area from slips that cause bumps, scrapes, and bruises.
Now is the time to get your pool ready for spring and summer. Out of all the steps that are taken to open your pool for the season, one of the most important steps of all is protecting your loved ones with a working pool alarm.
Your pool will provide your family with countless hours of enjoyment. However it is also a potentially dangerous place for small children and pets. Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 and the second leading cause of death in children under age 14.
The new PoolSonix pool alarm uses seismic technology to detect unwanted or accidental intrusions into your swimming pool. If a child or pet accidentally falls into your pool the PoolSonix will detect the movement and a loud 110 decibel alarm will sound at the pools base unit and an 85 decibel alarm will sound inside the house. This will absolutely facilitate immediate response which is most crucial in preventing catastrophic pool accidents.
Try the PoolSonix solar powered pool alarm and gain the peace of mind that your loved ones are safe during your pool season!