And why not? It is hot and, even if you are not swimming, it is refreshing to look at the clean, crisp blue water shining under the sun, tempting you to take that dip. In fact the swimming pool can become the centre of attraction at this time of year and you may even wonder how you could possibly manage without it.
I do not want to spoil your fun, but if you have young children and you have not taken precautions, the fun can so easily turn into a nightmare because a swimming pool can be very dangerous for children.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths to children ages 14 and under. A temporary lapse in supervision is a common factor in most drownings and near-drownings, they can happen in a matter of seconds--in the time it takes to answer the phone. There is often no splashing to warn of trouble. Children can drown in small quantities of water and are at risk in their own homes from wading pools, bathtubs, buckets, and toilets as well as swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
RoSPA drowning statistics are misleading because they include all types of drowning accidents. The only accurate stats are from the States and they are horrifying.
This does not mean that if you have young children you should not have a pool or keep the pool covered. As a matter of fact, placing a cover over the pool does not prevent youngsters from crawling under it and that is even worse, because then everything is out of sight.
There are many types of devices available on the market including alarms, however alarms do not prevent, and they simply tell you that a tragedy is already in progress.
A fence or barrier completely surrounding the pool can prevent many drowning accidents.
Where Drownings Happen
Any method that acts as an effective barrier between children and water will prevent children from falling into it and this is what's required. To be sure, best of all never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area for any reason. Don't be distracted by doorbells, phone calls, chores or conversations. If you must leave the pool area, take the child with you, making sure the pool gate latches securely when it closes.