Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Watch your kids around the pool

Category : Pool Safety

Kids love water – which is both a blessing and a curse. It is great that so many kids get to have great fun with their friends and family while playing in the pool under the hot Arizona sun. However, there are inherent dangers related to kids being around water, and those dangers lead to more than a few tragedies each year. For example, in Maricopa County alone in 2014, there were a reported eight deaths among children 0-4 due to pool-related incident. Obviously, this is a serious problem that needs to be address as fully and as aggressively as possible.

One important initiative is the Watch Kids Around Water campaign. It may seem simple, but the vast majority of incidents involving children and water occur because the child was unsupervised at the time of the accident. Adult supervision can prevent nearly all of these tragic events, which it is why it is so important that everyone who has a pool or spends time near a pool understands their responsibilities. When the adults in the situation are responsible and alert, the kids can have fun and just be kids.

Never Alone

The first rule of pool safety when kids are involved is that they should never be alone around water – period. This is a simple rule, but it is the one that just can’t be broken. Even very small bodies of water such as drainage ditches can be dangerous, so kids must be supervised and accompanied by an adult at all times when water is in the vicinity. Obeying this one rule will go an incredibly long way toward preventing any kind of tragedy from taking place.

It should be noted that the adult in charge of supervising children needs to be capable of taking action in case of an emergency. For example, an elderly person might be well-meaning when they offer to watch kids as they swim, but if that person is not physically able to assist a child out of the pool, they won’t make a suitable supervisor. The adult in charge needs to be physically capable of providing aid to a child in danger. Of course, that adult also needs to be sober, and free from distractions such as cell phones.

All Year Long

Don’t assume that your pool is no longer a hazard for children just because it has been covered up for the winter. There are pool-related accidents which take place all year long, as children are just as prone to wander near the water in the winter months as they are in the summer. For this reason, a pool fence in Arizona is a great investment for your property. In Arizona, having a pool fence in place will make it more difficult for children to get anywhere near the water, greatly reducing the chances of an accident. Of course, a fence does not replace adult supervision, but it is an important part of an overall safety plan.

Indoor Water Also Poses a Threat

It is not only important to watch your kids when they are around a swimming pool, but also when they are around any water inside the home that could provide a dangerous situation. Bathtubs full of water, as well as buckets, toilets, and even aquariums, can all pose a risk to a child’s health. Again, this is where supervision is critical. A young child should never be left to bathe alone, for example, under any circumstances. All individuals who care for your young children need to understand the rules regarding water safety, as it only takes a small amount of water to lead to a tragic accident under the wrong circumstances.

The Mistake of Trust

It is great to feel like you can trust your children – but that trust should not extend to situations where water is present. Even if you feel like you kids are smart and cautious around the pool, you still need to be there at all times. Even well-behaved kids make mistakes, so it is up to you to make sure they don’t make any serious mistakes when around water. Leaving children unsupervised around any kind of collected water is just a risk that isn’t worth taking. Keep an eye on all children around the swimming pool at all times, and steer well clear of a potential accident.

If you would like to add a ring of safety around your Arizona pool in the form of a pool fence, please feel free to contact us right away. Our experienced team will help you select the right fence for your needs, and we will be sure that it is installed properly the first time. For a free quote, or simply to learn more about our products and services, use our contact form or just give us a call. Thank you for your time!

 


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Pool Safety Tips for this Summer

Category : Pool Safety

Arizona is home to an incredible number of residential swimming pools. Of course, that is no surprise – with seemingly constant sunshine and temperatures that can frequently reach into the triple digits, it is only natural that the residents of this beautiful state would want to cool off from time to time. If you have a pool outside your Arizona home, you know just what a luxury it can be during the brutally hot summers. However, you also know that swimming pools can be a safety hazard, and you need to be smart about how you manage the pool if you are going to keep everyone safe throughout the year.

The main safety risk when it comes to home swimming pools has to do with kids. Most kids love to swim, of course, but there is also an inherent amount of risk when you allow kids to be around water. So, with that in mind, we have compiled a list of five pool safety tips that you can use to help keep your family as safe as possible while in or around the pool.

#1 – Put an Adult in Charge

Whenever kids are in or around a pool, there needs to be an adult who is in charge of the situation. Even if there are several adults in the general area while the kids are swimming, there needs to be one specific adult that is in charge of the situation at all times. In today’s world, people are easily distracted by things like cell phones and tablets, meaning that some of the adults around the pool might not really be watching closely as the kids swim. Therefore, you should always have one adult who has been put ‘on duty’ and in charge of the situation. Of course, you can share this responsibility back and forth with other parents as the day goes by to allow everyone to have some time to relax as well.

#2 – Install a Pool Fence

This is one of the most-important pieces of safety advice you can receive, and it is also one of the easiest to fulfill. By installing a pool fence in Arizona around your swimming pool, you can make it difficult for children to access the water when they aren’t supposed to. A properly installed AZ pool fence will provide a physical barrier between children and the open water that can pose a danger to them when unsupervised.

#3 – Teach Children from a Young Age

As soon as a little one is old enough to swim, you should begin to educate them on the basics of pool safety – such as not running near the pool, not jumping into shallow water, etc. Of course, you can’t simply trust the young children to behave properly right away, which is why supervision is always important, but teaching them the basics of safety around water should help them remain safe in and near water as the years go by.

#4 – Care for Your Pool

Another important element of safety is providing a clean and well-regulated pool for everyone’s enjoyment. Make sure to check the chemical levels in your water regularly, and keep the water free from debris. There should always be an initial check on the condition of the pool before anyone gets in. Only when you are confident that the pool is safe and at a reasonable temperature, should you allow the fun to begin.

#5 – Water and Alcohol Don’t Mix

Obviously the kids will not be drinking around the pool, or any other time for that matter, but adults should refrain from consuming alcohol around the water as well. Alcohol is well-known to cause otherwise rational people to make poor decisions, and poor decisions around water can lead to disastrous consequences. This is true at all times, but it is especially important when children are involved. No one who has been tasked with supervising kids as they swim should be consuming alcohol, as that individual needs to be fully capable of taking action in case of an emergency.

It is a great bonus to have a pool on your Arizona property, as the hot summer can tend to drag on and on without somewhere cool to relax. However, you always need to be concerned with safety when you own a pool, which is why the tips above are so important. If you would like to have a pool fence installed on your Arizona property, or you would like to have maintenance and repair work done on an existing fence, please feel free to give us a call today. We would be glad to take care of your AZ pool fence needs so you can get back to safety enjoy the water all summer long! Thank you for reading, and we look forward to your call.