Thursday, August 21, 2014

Addressing Swimming Pool Safety Issues

While swimming pools provide homeowners with great opportunities to relax and have fun at home, it has to be acknowledged that they also pose safety hazards, especially to families with young children. With this in mind, it is important to identify and address pool safety issues during construction to thwart potential accidents in the future.
Handrails and steps are important to allow swimmers to easily get in and out of the pool. These fixtures should be easily seen, such that users can readily spot and grab at them, especially during an emergency. Lighting fixtures should also clearly illuminate all rails, steps, and fences to avoid nighttime accidents.
If there are kids in the family, the pool should have a shallow end which children can safely use. Likewise, depth changes should be properly marked to warn kids if they’re about to go out of their depth. A safer solution is to build a separate, shallow pool for them.

Meanwhile, pool openings, like those that connect to the pumps, drains, and filters, need to be covered to avoid entrapment from a drain’s suction. Dual drains at least three feet away from each other can reduce suctioning force. Additionally, accidents can be prevented if guidelines in pool use are set, and strictly observed by swimmers.

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