When working with a custom pool designer, safety is a key element to the overall design. Proper planning allows for your dream pool to have all the features you desire while still being fun and safe for all ages.
Without a doubt, statistics prove that safety has to be a top consideration for swimming pools. The Centers for Disease Control reports that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1-4. Most of those drownings occur in swimming pools.
Keep reading to learn the top safety design tips for your home swimming pool.
A Pool Has Layers of Protection
A home swimming pool can be designed in a way that offers layers of protection. In other words, there’s not one safety feature. There are several that are built on top of each other to create a safe space to have fun.
The most obvious safety feature of a pool is a fence. It’s best to limit the points of entry to the pool area to one to two places.
That requires a 3-sided or 4-sided fence. For both options, you’ll want it to be at least 4 feet tall with gaps less than 4 inches. People, especially kids, should not be able to climb the fence.
You can get creative with the area surrounding the pool as well. For example, a retainer wall can be built on one side and a three-sided fence can be installed to complete the safety feature. All this can be incorporated into your backyard by an experienced pool designer.
Visibility is important when designing a pool. You may need to have the pool visible from certain parts of the house. To accomplish this, fences can be built out of glass. Plants and trees can be used to increase privacy as long as they don’t diminish visibility to the pool.
Additionally, motion detecting lights can be installed at the access points of the pool for added visibility in the evening.
While visibility requires careful planning, you can still have your pool built on time if you figure out spacing well in advance before construction begins. Things to also consider include if you plan to add a patio, deck or other amenities.
Home Swimming Pool Alarms
Another layer of security that can be added are swimming pool alarms. They let you know when objects or people fall into the swimming pool.
There are also alarms that kids can wear around their neck. These alarms can be programmed to sound if the device is underwater for a certain amount of time.
Alarms can be installed on doors and gates as well.
Safety nets and covers can be installed over your pool as an effective layer to keep kids and adults from falling into the pool.
Pool covers can be automatic which means less hassle for you.
One other side benefit of pool covers is that they can lessen heat loss of the pool, which allows you to save on heating costs.
Home Swimming Pools That Put Safety First
Safety is a top consideration for any pool. A pool designed with added layers of safety can help prevent accidents from happening.
We build custom swimming pools that take into account safety features, your personal preferences, and your yard to make the best use of the space. These factors are combined to create the yard of your dreams.
If you’re thinking about having a custom pool built, contact us today.
JSQ Improvements specializes in quality custom pools, design and outdoor living. Our professional pool installation and renovation team are available in Huntington Beach and surrounding Orange County areas.