Since we moved, this is the first time we haven’t had a pool in our backyard. More families seem to have the comfort of swimming in their own home. We always loved it but because my youngest are so small, I’ve decided not to continue the tradition in our new home. Especially with Grayson being so small and so many littles running around, I just feel more worried about the whole pool situation. A few years back I had a scare with McKenzie, my now 6-year-old, and I am even more paranoid when we’re heading to the pool.
So this year, we’ve joined a pool so I don’t have to worry as much about it in my backyard. However, that doesn’t mean I still won’t be cautioius by the water. Many of you have an in-ground, above ground, or even just a small baby pool in the backyard and it’s so important to practice water safety. I talked with a great pool expert Willian Johnson, CEO of VivoPools, who shared some great insight on how to keep babies safe during the summer months near water—especially in your own backyard. Having a pool in your yard is surely a dream, but I know I’ve stuck to a few easy tips that can save lives and keep baby safe.
Pool Safety Measures 1 of 6
Keep baby safe in the pool with these 5 easy tips to use all summer long!
Safety Pool Cover 2 of 6
During the off-season or when the pool is not in use, this is essential. It will prevent any issues while you aren't in arms reach. You won't have to worry about your child wandering into the pool area unbeknownst to you.
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Pool Safety Fence 3 of 6
Even if you have a above ground pool that holds gallons of water, consider putting a deck around it with stairs and a gate. It is critical to ensure that children cannot access the pool are unsupervised. This is the most important step! The Consumer Product and Safety Commission recommends installing a pool fence that is at least 48" inches high and has a self-closing, self-latching, child-resistance gate.
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Pool Alarm 4 of 6
Be aware! Installing an alarm will detect movement in the pool area, alerting you to any potential problems.
Pool Safety Equipment 5 of 6
Just like your local community pool or even at the beach, every pool should be ready to save lives. A lifesaver and a shepherds hook is essential when it comes to safety equipement. These pool items will help you if you need to pull distressed swimmers to safety.
Adult Supervision 6 of 6
The best alarm is adult eyes—there is no substitute! You should always keep your hands on your baby or hold them at all times in the water, even if they are sitting in an inflatable. I go by the one second rule because anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Especially near a pool! We go by one rule in our home, my husband and I always hold one child. We never have two kids to one adult that way no accidents happen.