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Keeping your San Diego pool safe for children

When children are first learning how to swim, nothing is more exciting than spending time in a beautiful San Diego pool. However, it is important for parents to remember that their kids may not be ready to swim on their own just yet. Children might be eager to jump in an unsupervised pool and test their swimming abilities, which is why it is essential that pool owners ensure that their pools are completely childproofed.

Here are a few of the ways in which you can make your pool area a safer environment for young swimmers:

Install barriers around the pool
Putting up a fence around the perimeter of your San Diego pool can help prevent children from sneaking into the pool area. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that fences should be at least four feet high. Additionally, the gate should be self-closing and self-latching.

Check to see that drain covers are up to date
Not only is installing effective drain covers crucial for the protection of swimmers, failing to do so could potentially get you into trouble with the law. If you are unsure whether or not your drain cover is compliant with pool codes, call a San Diego pool service employee. He or she can inspect your pool to make sure that it meets legal standards, and replace its drain cover if necessary.

Provide for a safer entrance
In order to allow little ones to enter your pool more easily, you may want to have features like handrails and in-pool steps installed. These additions offer inexperienced swimmers a safer, less intimidating entrance than jumping into a pool.

If you decide that your pool area could be made safer for children, don’t hesitate to call Poolman. We want to help keep you a responsible pool owner, and our employees are dedicated to maximizing the protective features of San Diego pools.