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Pool Safety, by Mike Fournier, Tulsa, Sonrise Pools


As most of us have heard from childhood, pool safety involves some basics:  do not run on wet concrete, do not drink and dive, do not swim in bad weather, and always wait thirty minutes after you eat so you do not get cramps.

Investing in pool safety products just makes sense because you can’t always be around to supervise.  Accidents can happen and even if you are there, you can’t see everything at all time.

Pool Safety Equipment. Covers and Barricades.  Some pool safety products are intended to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.  They are inexpensive and simple to install.  They are non-evasive designs to secure, protect, and prevent admission to unsafe areas.
Drain Covers.  A simple, effective pool safety tool which prevents drains from succeeding in  applying suction to people and clothing.  They are inexpensive and they prevent the ensnaring of drifting objects, e.g., feet, fingers, hair, etc.
Pool Covers.  Uncomplicated and very useful, pool covers prevent unintentional entry from small children and pets.  With the added benefit of keeping toys, leaves, and other debris out of the pool, they reduce the weekly maintenance and cut down the likelihood of such things getting pulled into the inner workings of the pool.
Security Fences.  These fences help to keep unwanted children and adults out of the pool area.  Intruders are hindered from entry by the spring-activated, self-latching perimeter gates.  Another option is a motion-sensor alarm.  Additionally, fences that are climb-resistant impede the resolute pool crashers.
Pool Safety Products.  Alarms and Alerts.  An electronic alarm system can be installed to the side gutters for monitoring water levels.  Objects that enter the pool will displace water and the alarm will sound.  Intrusion can be detected by motion sensors that are placed around the pool.
Alarm sensors have the added benefit of identifying emergencies.  Pumps create a vacuum; thereby small objects can be pulled in the drain.  Some pool safety equipment recognizes when suction is increased and immediately shuts off the equipment.  An emergency shutdown switch can manually turn off the whole system when needed. 
Handicap Accessible Pool Safety Products.  Some pool safety equipment is designed to accommodate injured, disabled, or older persons so they too can benefit from the calming, relaxing, and curative properties of water.
Crane Lift.  To ensure safe entry and egress, a canvas harness is a solution.  It is slung from a metal pole that has been planted into the concrete.  It allows the person to be gradually immersed into the water without any harm.
Access Chair.  Theses aquatic wheelchairs are made from non-rusting plastic piping.  They allow a person to be slowly eased into the water.  The pool will require a sloped entry for this.  Some models have all-terrain tires for use on the beach.
Easy Ladder.  For ease of entry and exit, these strong, portable ladders serve as a staircase and can be installed anywhere along the edge of the pool.
Other Pool Safety Equipment.  The reliable standard equipment is still called for:  buoy lines and floats, life preservers and vests, reaching poles, hooks, and slip-resistant walking surfaces.
Additionally, you should post signs around the premises that state the house rules and any special rules, e.g., NO DIVING and NO RUNNING.  Depth markers around the perimeter are also helpful to keep people informed.
Perhaps the best thing you can do as a homeowner is to maintain constant observation of all that is going on in or around the pool area.

Installing pool safety equipment is vital, but there is no substitute for a watchful adult near poolside who is watching the activities and calling a halt to dangerous behavior.  

Mike Fournier with Sonrise Hardscaping can answer your questions about pool safety.  Call him at 918-357-7777; he will be glad to help you.


Want to talk about it some more? Would you like a quote for any of these areas? If yes, send me an e-mail to: Sonrise.Construction2000@Gmail.com, and be sure to mention this blog. I will be back in touch with you shortly. Thanks.

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