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Most homeowners see their swimming pool as "a memory maker." Whether you're swimming or just relaxing by the water, your pool will create thousands of fond memories of babies, children, teenagers and adults, all having fun with friends and family.
Yet in all this delight, we must remember that a swimming pool has risks, just like anything else in your home. At Southernwind Pools, we take pool safety very seriously. That's why we've taken steps to ensure that our pools meet or exceed all state and federal pool safety laws, including the recently passed Virginia Graeme Baker Act.
Homeowners will be glad to know that the swimming pool industry has made great strides in improving the safety of swimming pools. Non-slip surfaces reduce the likelihood of slips and falls. Fences and alarms add another layer of protection. (Most cities, in fact, have specific requirements for fencing around a swimming pool.)
Swimming lessons have played a major role in improving the safety of swimming pools. In fact, specialized swimming lessons are now recommended for infants that are less than six months old. Here is a fascinating video that shows how a fully-clothed, unsupervised toddler falls into a swimming pool and instinctively saves himself from drowning. Brought to you by Infant Swimming Resources, ISR is one of many such organizations that promotes early “drown-proofing” of babies and children.
In recent years, the industry has shifted its attention to “entrapment prevention.” In certain cases, especially on older pool designs, a child or adult could become entrapped by the suction on a drain. Recent improvements in pool equipment and design have greatly reduced the likelihood of this ever happening. New pools are expected to have at least two of these three options:
(Dual-drain photo courtesy of Ocean Quest Pools)
As members of the APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals), we support the concept of “layers of protection.” This means the pool, spa, or hot tub is equipped with several devices to delay unsupervised access, or to warn of a child’s presence. Following are some options identified by the APSP for protecting children and preventing accidents:
For more information about pool safety, check out any of these links: