Safety in Swimming Pools -What are your options?
by Monique Nelson on March 22nd, 2011

Safety in swimming pools is always a concern, as drowning is a leading cause of death just about everywhere in the world. A recent study concluded that globally 600,000 children die every year.

As Spring nears, it is a hot topic as we all prepare for another round of pool openings. Magazines, newspapers and aquatics companies big and small are adding their thoughts and ideas on the subject.

So, what can you do to ensure safety at your center? I found some disturbing pictures today that showed how much visibility there really is when a pool is in use. Apparently, not much. So, while lifeguards are absolutely necessary, they are limited by the natural fact that they cannot save someone they cannot see. There are under water surveillance cameras and alarms that may help in situations where a pool is open and someone is unable to reach the surface.

When the pool is closed, and there are no lifeguards on duty, the safety parameters have changed. What happens if someone gets into the pool, and gets in trouble, without anyone knowing about it?

A fence is a great idea for outdoor pools, especially if there are cameras to deter any "rebellious" characters and nothing to encourage climbing of the fence, such as conveniently placed garbage cans or benches. Indoor pools have the benefit of being behind a door that [hopefully] locks.

Pool covers can be a double edged sword. Plastic pool covers offer a false sense of security in that they look solid, but are certainly not built to withstand any significant amount of weight. There have been many news stories about toddlers and family pets who mistake a pool cover for solid ground and get trapped underneath it.

Safety covers are another story. They ARE built to hold weight and protect anyone from falling into a pool. They must be properly secured in order to be effective, though.

Many automatic pool covers are also built to provide safety when the pool is closed. There have been media stories about people becoming trapped under the cover as it is closing, though I haven't heard many cases of this happening. (However, in one week "The Simpsons" and "American Dad" included this very situation in their shows, so it must be on someone's mind).

Where pool covers are concerned, if a safety cover is an option, it is a very important feature to add to your pool. Plastic pool covers that are NOT safety covers can be replaced by liquid pool covers. Liquid pool covers like Heatsavr will not keep anyone out of a pool, but they also won't cause any entrapment risks. You will be able to see clearly to the water while still benefiting from the savings a pool cover offers.

There are many other safety features that can be considered and added to your facility. Aquatics International Magazine published an article advising against "Sacrificing Safety" due to budget cuts, and they offer many alternatives and suggestions. You can read the article here:

If you want to increase the safety of your facility, but don't have the funding to commit to this type of project, you can reduce your operating costs substantially by using Heatsavr, the original liquid pool cover. In support of pool safety, Flexible Solutions is offering a FREE TRIAL of the product. Simply download the following form, fill it in and fax it to (250) 477-9969.

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