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5 Ways to Make Your Pool Safe for Small Children

Having a pool at your home can raise the value of your home and provide an area full of fun for the whole family. However, keeping everyone safe around the pool should be a top priority, especially when it comes to the little ones. Here are five of our best safety practices for keeping small children safe around your outdoor pool.

Put Up a Fence

Installing a fence around your outdoor pool can give you the ability to restrict entrance to the pool itself. This is especially helpful for times when you’re not outside. You can simply shut and lock the fence so that your smaller children are unable to gain access to the pool without your supervision. There are many DIY fencing kits that allow you to tailor the fence to the shape of your pool. Some pool fences involve deck sleeves and meshes, others include larger, metal posts that are a bit more costly but also more sturdy. If your pool is above ground, you can also get a short fence that keeps people from slipping over the edge of the pool.

Install a Safety Cover

There are many awesome pool safety covers out there to choose from. These simply get installed over the water area of the pool and are secured to the edges of the pool area. Many of these will support a person’s weight, especially if that person is a small child. Therefore, if any children can get access to the pool when you’re not there, they won’t be able to fall into the water. Rather, they’ll just be walking across the top of the safety cover. It’s still advisable to keep a fence around so that children can’t fall in if the cover is accidentally left off, but an extra layer of safety is always helpful.

Filtration System

Having a filtration system that has chemical treatments and a pool pump is a necessity for keeping the water safe. You don’t want to have your kids swimming in a pool full of debris and potential hazards. You should be running your filtration system throughout the day to ensure that the water is properly filtered. The more children you have in the pool, the more filtration that it’s going to require to stay clean. If there is debris or dirt littering the bottom of the pool or the water has a somewhat grainy texture, you may need to get your filter checked.

Install Anti-Entrapment Safety Drain Covers

The suction that a drain creates can be very powerful for even an adult to swim away from. While you may not plan on draining your pool, sometimes the drain cover may be removed by accident. To prevent any sort of suction injuries from drowning small children, you should install anti-entrapment safety drain covers. These reduce the force of the drain suction so your children can swim away if the drain cover gets popped open.

Install Anti-Slip Surfaces

Think about all the surface areas you come into contact with when using the pool. When water meets a walking surface, it can make it extremely slippery. Children especially tend to dash around, and a small trip could give your children a concussion or even kill them if they hit their heads and fall into the water. Avoid this problem by installing anti-slip surfaces around your pool so no one has an accident. This should include the actual decking area around your pool, any stairs leading into the pool, a diving board, and all other areas that people will move around on.

Having a pool at your home can be a dream come true. However, you must realize it comes along with many responsibilities. It is vitally important for you to set up your pool area in a way that makes it safe for your children. Use the five tips above to ensure your children have a safe time when playing in your pool.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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