Safety Features To Consider When Building Your Pool

Posted on: 20 September 2017

Having a pool in your backyard increases the amount of summer fun you can enjoy, but it also adds another risk for people who visit and swim to become injured. The best way to prevent bad injuries is to plan for safety right from the start. Here are some safety features you should consider when building and planning your swimming pool oasis with a company like Bonnie & Clydes Above Ground Pools & Spas

1. Fencing

Fencing is the most essential safety feature of your pool. You might like the idea of having an open pool that is always accessible right off the back patio, but when not in use, open pools are dangerous, especially to young children. it's better to always plan for some sort of barrier around the pool deck, whether that is a low, transparent thick glass barrier or a simple picket fence. Make sure the gate is secure with a latch positioned on the inside of the fence to prevent more precocious children from mastering the latch and letting themselves into the pool area. 

2. Pool Coverings

A simple bubble-top cover is great for helping your pool keep its heat (if you have a heating system), but it does not provide much for pool security. These covers can actually be more dangerous because they make it harder for a child who falls in to escape the pool. Instead, talk to your pool contractor about installing a secure cover that stretches over the edges of the pool and hooks to set-in anchors. 

3. Deck Material

The deck material can also be something to consider when it comes to safety. Some types of decking, especially those made from tiles or natural stone slabs, can be very slippery when wet. Consider a material that has varied texture instead of a smooth surface. 

4. Extra security.

You might take pool security to the next level by installing an alarm system on the fence that helps you to know when someone enters the pool at night or when people are away from home. Children can often come into your yard without you knowing, so this helps to prevent the unlawful use of your pool and the possible injury that a child (or teen) could experience with unsupervised use. 

5. Storage.

Make sure that some sort of storage shed or bench is part of your building plans. When balls, noodles, or pool toys are left in the pool, they become attractions for children or pets. A designated storage area helps to reduce this risk.