General Swimming Pool Safety Information
NSPI statistics show that drowning and swimming accidents are best prevented by adult supervision, public awareness programs including water safety training for young children, and not drinking alcohol while swimming, diving or soaking. Statistically, most accidents involving drowning or severe injury occur to children under 5 years of age who are unsupervised, cannot swim, and fall into a pool or pool cover with water on top. Toddlers at the age of 2 or 3 are most likely to wander off from a parent's supervision. Barriers such as fences or back doors are often left unlocked. Drowning is NOT accompanied by loud noise or splashing sounds. DROWNING IS SILENT! To prevent child-drowning, there is NO substitute for parental supervision.
Layers of Protection
Maintaing multiple layers of protection for your swimming pool will increase the likelihood of its longevity. This means adding layers of support you might not already have. A main drain cover is the first step if you don't already have one. It keeps debris out of your main drain, and decreases the likelihood of somebody getting injured and dying from having an accident near the main drain.
Do I have to have a main drain cover?
Residential swimming pool owners are not required by law to have a main drain cover. However, we advise with sincere advice that YOU GET ONE IMMEDIATELY. Any commercial swimming pool main drain application MUST use a main drain cover (it is the law).
Since I have an alarm, does that mean I don't have to watch my pool?
You always have to watch your swimming pool. In the event that your alarm doesn't activate (or isn't working correctly), you will not know whether or not somebody has fallen into the pool.
How high does my pool safety fence have to be?
4.5 feet tall swimming pool safety fences are typically ideal for guarding the pool from children. We recommend the Loop-Loc Baby-Loc Fence with Fiberglass Poles.