A residential pool is a great source of pleasure, but it also has potential dangers. During excruciating heat that the summer sometimes throws our way it is amazing to know that you can just jump in your pool and feel cool water around your body. With a swimming pool comes a lot of responsibilities and risks as you have to ensure that your pool is clean at all times therefore it must be treated on a regular basis. Every year in Canada, some thirty drownings occur in residential swimming pools and cause several victims in children four years old and under. It is therefore very important to make sure that your pool is protected with proper fences and barrier as it would be a terrible tragedy to find out that your family member has passed away as a result of your negligence.
It is up to homeowners to know the regulations and secure their facilities to minimize risks. How? By controlling access to the pool and closely monitoring the activities taking place there, of course, but also by ensuring that their equipment meets safety standards.Brad Roemer has tips and tricks on how to ensure that your home is as safe as possible.
How To Secure Your Swimming Pool
The purchase of a swimming pool is not limited to the pool! Before you install yours, find out about the regulations in force. Then get all the necessary equipment to secure it. Here is an overview of the devices in which to invest.
The barrier or fence that forms the enclosure:
To restrain and protect the access to your swimming pool, you must first install a gate or fence on the circumference of your pool. The basic requirements for the fences are usually 1.2m (4 ‘) high; • If equipped with rungs, they should be spaced no more than 10cm (4 “) apart to prevent, an object from inadvertently landing straight into the swimming pool. This requirement applies to almost all types of pools, except detached (non-balcony or terrace) off-ground models that are at least 1.2m (4 ‘) in height and removable models. a height of not less than 1.4m (4’6 “). Both types of pools, however, must be equipped with a ladder with a safety door that closes and locks automatically. layout around the barrier or enclosure must not allow access to the pool. Do not plant shrubs or hedges nearby and do not install large stones or bench to prevent a child from climbing over.
The door and automatic closing system: The door of your gate or fence must be supplied with a passive security device, which allows the door to close and lock automatically. The latch must be installed on the inside (pool side), in the upper part of the door, so as to be inaccessible to young children. This type of door with automatic lock is required not only for in-ground and semi-inground pools, but also for above ground models attached to a deck, balcony or platform.
Ladder or stairs: To get into and out of the water safely, equip your pool (in-ground, semi-in-ground or above-ground attached to a deck) to a ladder or stairway with or without a ramp. • An outdoor ladder that you must remove after each swim to prevent a child from accessing the pool unattended • an exterior ladder with safety door with manual or automatic engagement. This model can remain in place after swimming, since the door prevents anyone from climbing.
Brad would have more suggestions to make when it comes to securing your swimming pool but these are the basic tips and tricks that he would recommend to any home owner, especially a homeowner with children.