Installing a new swimming pool in the yard is a great way to stay cool during summer months. Your new pool is also likely to increase your property value by up to 15 percent, and is sure to provide everyone in the household with an outlet for both exercise and stress relief. But with kids around, it's important to take a few steps that will help ensure their safety when spending time around the swimming pool and playing in the yard. Here are three things you can do to protect your little ones:
Invest in Lessons at Home
Whether or not your children already know how to swim, it's a good idea to hire a swimming teacher to facilitate a few lessons at home. Providing your kids with swimming lessons at home will give them an opportunity to learn and practice skills in the environment they'll be using them in. If an emergency arises while swimming, they'll know exactly what to do or how to get help because they've practiced in their own pool as opposed to a community pool they don't often visit.
If your kids don't already know how to swim, schedule a daily lesson during the first weeks after your pool is installed and then once or twice a week thereafter until you feel confident in their strong swimming capabilities. If your kids do know how to swim, schedule an initial lesson that focuses on swimming and pool safety, and then periodically thereafter to test their ongoing skill development.
Install a Safety Pool Cover
Installing a safety cover on your swimming pool is a great way to keep kids and animals from accidentally falling inside and drowning. It's important to choose a cover that fits into tracks along the sides of the pool, as they're designed to support the weight of several people to ensure that even if a child falls onto the cover, they won't end up in the water and underneath it.
This type of cover should prevent toys and other objects of interest from getting into the pool, where your kids may want to try and retrieve them. You'll find automatic and manual safety covers to choose from – automatic covers are a little more expensive, but they are convenient in that you can program them to cover the pool at specified times, which will help ensure that your pool is never accidentally left unprotected while the kids are at play outside.
Incorporate Some New Yard Rules
One of the most important things you can do to help keep the kids safe around your new swimming pool is to incorporate a few new yard rules. Start by sitting down to create a list of four or five important rules, such as no running, for the kids to follow so that they don't have too many restrictions to worry about while they're playing.
Print your yard rules on a large piece of card stock and have it laminated. This will allow you to post the rules right in the yard so your kids can always be reminded of them. Your rules should be printed in large clear letters that are easy for your kids to read even from a distance. It's also a good idea to place a small bell near the posted rules so if you catch one of the kids breaking a rule, you can chime the bell to remind them that they should re-read and follow the rules.
With the help of these tips and tricks, you and your kids should be able to spend lots of time in the yard without sacrificing peace of mind or having to worry about constant dangers at play. For more information, contact a company like Contemporary Pools Inc.Share
20 April 2016
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