House hunting is very exciting. We are looking at homes near the schools so I can walk the kids; I miss doing that. We are noticing a common trend in the homes we have been looking at… Pools and other like creations in the back yards.
I would love a pool there are so many pluses for having one, but the first thing that comes to mind is pool safety. I have six kids and the three littlest ones are just waiting for me to get occupied and to find trouble. I think they have trouble on speed dial.
According to the Center for Disease Control drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. So when we find the perfect house I don’t want to turn it down simply because it has a pool. I did some research and found several different pool safety options. (Please let me know your experiences.) Anyway, I knew a pool cover was available, but there are also pool fences, pool nets and pool alarms.
We decided on a combination of pool net and alarm. The pool net can adapt to many different sizes and shapes.
Make sure the pool nets have squares that are too small for a babies head or body to fit through. At the same time, the squares are too big to allow walking or playing. It should be easy enough to install because if they use pulleys built into the center of each net; basically, release the pulleys to loosen it or hook it back up and tighten it.
Another great tool to have would be a pool alarm. There are a few different kinds, ones that go on gates and fences or the ones that stick halfway in the water.
If you would like to learn more about pool safety here are some places that can help:
National Drowning Prevention Alliance – The NDPA is an excellent resource for pool safety tips and drowning prevention information. Their stated mission is “To be a catalyst in drowning prevention” and their motto is “drowning is preventable!”
PoolSafety.gov – The website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides pool safety information and advice for families.