11 Jun Is Your Pool Safe?
Many people find swimming in pools as a great way to bond and relax. However, when people are having fun in the pool, the risk of accidents are often overlooked.
Each year, thousands of American families suffer swimming pool tragedies. Most of the incidents involve drownings and non-fatal drownings of young children. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death among young children in Florida. These pool and spa injuries and deaths typically happen in residential settings. These tragedies are preventable.
We must be careful and follow safety measures since everyone is exposed to potential dangers, which can be very life-threatening. Nevertheless, no matter how dangerous this may seem, the situation is often avoidable. Here are 4 reasons why pool safety is extremely important:
- To prevent drowning: It only takes 20-60 seconds for a person to struggle on the water’s surface before being fully submersed under the water. Drowning is a very fast process. Because of this, a person who drowns is often unnoticed. Adults should always watch over children when swimming.
- To prevent pool drain entrapment: Pool drain entrapments happen when a part of the body or clothing is sucked in by an open drain. The swimmer is trapped under water until they are drowned.
- To prevent other injuries: Pools often have wet and slippery decks. Many are at risk of slipping and being injured or falling into the pool which may cause them to drown. Diving injuries can also happen especially when people are unsupervised. These injuries can range from back pain to spinal injuries.
- To prevent penalties: Strict laws are required for pool safety. It is expected that every pool owner must obey the law. If the swimming pool owner does not follow the pool safety obligations, it will be considered a violation which will eventually result in penalties.
State law in Florida requires residents who have swimming pools, spas or hot tubs to choose at least one of four safety barrier measures when they install a pool, spa or hot tub. Barriers include a fence or wall, door alarms for the house, or a power safety cover over the pool. Barriers are not childproof, but barriers do provide layers of protection for a child when there is a lapse in adult supervision. Barriers give parents additional time to find a child before the unexpected can occur.
How can you make your pool meet the safety requirements?
One of the viable safety measures is a barrier that isolates the pool from the home, which could be a fence or a wall, or a combination of both, that surrounds the pool. The barrier should prevent access to the swimming pool from the residence or from the yard. It must be at least 4 feet high with self-closing, self-latching device on all doors and gates that provide direct access to the pool.
Another approved safety measure is a pool cover that’s either manual- or power-operated and meets standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials.
You can also have an exit alarm equipped on all doors and windows that have direct access to the pool. Under the law, the alarm must make an audible, continuous alarm sound any time a door or window that allows direct access from the residence to the pool area is opened or left ajar.
Lastly, another means of safety is a child guard pool fence installed directly around the perimeter of the pool. This creates a passive barrier to restrict the access of small children, 0–5 years to the swimming pool. It is a removable, mesh tension-based system with a self-closing and self-latching gate and at least one post embedded into the pool deck.
For more details on the all the safety measures that will meet your pool, please follow the link below from the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Does your pool meet the safety barrier requirements?
Contact Aruba Permit Services partnered with Aruba Construction and Roofing, Inc. (licensed and insured). Our certified pool contractor and pool barrier fence specialist can help you choose the right safety means for your pool with all the required permits! Call us today for your free estimate