Pool & Spa Safety
Master Pools is very vigilant in assuring that all our pools are built to safety standards. While there is no substitute for direct supervision, there are some additional steps you can take to ensure that your pool is as safe for children as possible.
Researchers estimate that safer pool fencing could prevent 7 out of 10 drowning incidents for children under five. Fencing prevents children from entering the outdoor pool area without supervision.
- Fencing should consist of four sides and completely enclose the pool area
- Have a minimum height of 1.2 (4ft)
- A self closing and latching gate
- Be designed to inhibit climbing
Automatic pool covers give you piece of mind with a turn of a key. Not only will these covers save energy, cleaning and money but they will also prevent access to children and pets.
These "horizontal fences" can be covered and uncovered in under a minute and can protect your pool when you are not around.
Give us a call today to find out more about safety options for your pool.
Pool Safety Tips:
Re-posted from the National Water Safety Month Website
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Always brief babysitters or caregivers on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
- Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
- Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
- Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
- Keep rescue equipment poolside.
- Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds.Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
- Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
- Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, that completely surrounds the pool and prevents direct access from the house and yard.
- Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
- Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
- Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
- Never prop the gate to a pool area open.
- Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
- Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
- Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
- Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble