Lounging around your own private backyard pool during those hot summer months can be utter bliss and can bring hours of entertainment for young children. Sadly, though, a swimming pool can also be a dangerous place, especially for small unaccompanied children. So, here are a few safety guidelines for backyard pools:

One of the biggest safety measures that need to be in place is a pool barrier. These can take different forms, such as a fence or wall, etc. But the main requirement is that they prevent small children from gaining access to the pool unsupervised. Little ones can climb through surprisingly small spaces, so keep this in mind when deciding on the type of pool barrier to go for. Pool barriers are not just for inground swimming pools but should also be used if you have an above-ground pool, hot tub, or spa.

Can you consider the home’s exterior walls as a pool barrier? Yes, you can. However, you should still have extra safety measures in place. For example, the door leading to the backyard should be fitted with an alarm that alerts whoever is in the house that someone has opened the door. Windows facing the backyard should either be kept locked or have alarms on them as well.

Of course, one of the best ways to prevent pool accidents is good supervision, so always ensure there is someone available to sit around the pool when children are using it.

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