Pool fences are one of our most popular products here at Balustrading Concepts, and for good reason… Pool fences save lives. As every parent knows, it’s impossible to watch your kids at all times. For this reason, pool fences are now a legal requirement for any property with a swimming pool or spa.
Of course, pool fences aren’t the only way to keep your children water safe. Here are some other tips for protecting them in and around the swimming pool.
Teach your children to swim
Enrolling children in swimming lessons at an early age is one of the best ways to keep them safe. Most kids love being in the water, and even the nervous ones will warm up after a few lessons. Being a confident swimmer will help them to stay afloat if they do fall in. Most swimming teachers will train them on safe pool behaviour (e.g. not running around the pool edge).
Always watch your children in the pool
We can’t watch our kids at all times, but we can supervise them when they swim. Especially if they’re not water confident, it’s important to keep an eye on them. The rest of the time, your pool fence should be closed so they can’t gain unsupervised access.
Use a secure & lockable fence
It’s a good idea to install pool fences with a lockable gate. This means kids can’t push inside when you’re not around. You should also think about getting a pool fence that can’t be climbed. Glass pool fences are very secure, so are the aluminium ones provided by Balustrading Concepts. Talk to us for advice about installing a secure pool fence.
Learn how to perform CPR
This is a skill every adult should learn, whether they have a pool or not. With CPR you could save the life of a stranger, your neighbour, or even someone you love. Do a search online for free community sessions, or ask your employer if they’ll sponsor you for a first aid course. You never know when you might need it!
Don’t rely on pool toys
No pool toys or flotation devices can guarantee pool safety. If a child can’t swim, a paddle board alone isn’t enough to keep them safe. They should still be supervised at all times. Having said that, paddle boards can be great for helping kids to learn swimming, especially those who are lacking confidence.
Teach them not to run
Running around the edge of the pool is something kids love to do, but it’s very unsafe. Slippery surfaces may cause them to fall and injure themselves, or worse still, hit their head and fall into the pool. Make sure they understand why it’s so important not to run, and remind them as often as necessary.
So if you have kids and a swimming pool, please remember all of these tips for keeping them safe. And if you’re installing a pool, talk to Balustrading Concepts for advice on the right kind of pool fences for you. Secure pool fences are essential for the safety of your family. Call 09 828 8858 today!