What could be better than a refreshing dip in your swimming pool? But don’t lose sight of the safety of children. This is how you keep it safe for children.
There is no or enough legislation for this, but with these ten tips from the construction site, you can ensure carefree swimming fun yourself.
1. Place a fence
It may not look very nice, but safety comes first. That is why it is best to place a fence around your swimming pool. The ideal height for this is 1.20 m. Don’t choose garden wire? Make sure that the vertical bars are no more than 10 cm apart. It is essential that your children cannot open the gate themselves.
2. Place a tarpaulin
Nowadays there is a whole range of tarpaulins available. Questioning yourself well is, therefore, an absolute must. For example, your child must not be able to crawl under the tarpaulin, and you must be able to open and close it quickly. The sturdy systems that are integrated into a niche or in the bath itself are recommended. You can then walk on the cover, but there is a hefty price tag attached. Attention: don’t forget to close your tarpaulin.
3. Buy a splash alarm
Install a splash alarm. As soon as your child touches the water, it goes off: the floats make noise. A disadvantage is that the siren starts to sound at the slightest movement. Even if your child briefly touches the water with his hand. It would help if you considered a splash alarm as extra help and not as the only means of warning.
4. Invest in a canopy
Invest in a well-closable roof. They are available in a variety of sizes. This way, you can enjoy your pool even in changeable weather.
5. Remove the stairs
Do you have an above ground pool? Do not forget to remove the ladder after swimming.
6. Use swimming rings
Teach your children that they are only allowed to play poolside with you and that they should always wear armbands.
7. Take away the temptation
Ready to swim? Then immediately clean up the inflatable crocodile and the other toys. This reduces the chance that your children will want to go back into the water.
8. Provide supervision
Agree who will watch your offspring if you are present with several people. Don’t assume that someone will automatically take on that task when you’re away for a while.
9. Count on adults
Play it safe and never let older children keep an eye on their brother or sister.
10. Wait a few years
No pool but pond plans? Take the necessary precautions or wait until your children are a bit older. A pond a few centimeters deep already creates a risk of drowning.