Swimming Pool Safety

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What is the best way to keep my child safe around swimming pools?

An adult should actively watch children at all times while they are in a pool. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.”  For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions, like talking on the phone, socializing, tending household chores, or drinking alcohol. The supervising adult must know how to swim.

Pool Rules

If you have a pool, insist that the following rules are followed:

  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
  • Empty blow-up pools after each use.
  • No tricycles or other riding toys at poolside.
  • No electrical appliances near the pool.
  • No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
  • No running on the pool deck.

Pool Fences 

Children can climb out a window, though a doggy door, or sneak out a door to get to the back yard and the pool. To prevent small children from entering the pool area on their own, there should be a fence that completely surrounds the pool or spa. Combined with the watchful eyes of an adult, a fence is the best way to protect your child and other children who may visit or live nearby.  

Pool fences should also:

  • Be climb-resistant and should not have anything alongside it (such as lawn furniture) that can be used to climb it.
  • Be at least 4 feet high and have no footholds or handholds that could help a child climb it.
  • Have no more than 4 inches between vertical slats. Chain-link fences are very easy to climb and are not recommended as pool fences. If they must be used, the diamond shape should not be bigger than 1¾ inches.
  • Have a gate that is well maintained and is self-closing and self-latching. It should only open away from the pool. The latches should be higher than a child can reach – 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.
  • For above-ground pools always keep children away from steps or ladders. When the pool is not in use, lock or remove the ladders to prevent access by children.

Other protection products, when used with an “isolation” fence, may be of some benefit; however, these are not substitutes for adequate fencing. These may include the following:

  • Automatic pool covers (motorized covers operated by a switch). Pool covers should cover the entire pool so that a child can't slip under them. Make sure there is no standing water on top of the pool cover. Be aware that floating solar covers are not safety covers.
  • Door alarms
  • Doors to the house that are self-closing/self-latching
  • Window guards
  • Pool alarms

Swimming Lessons - Where We Stand

Children need to learn to swim. The AAP supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older, and for children 1 to 4 years of age who are ready to learn how to swim. Keep in mind that because children develop at different rates, each child will be ready to swim at her own time.

Some factors you may consider before starting swimming lessons for younger children include:

  • Frequency of exposure to water
  • Emotional maturity
  • Physical limitations
  • Health concerns related to swimming pools (for example, swallowing water, infections, pool chemicals)

While some swim programs claim to teach water survival skills to children less than 12 months old, evidence does not show that they are effective in preventing drowning. Swim lessons do not provide “drown-proofing” for children of any age, so supervision and other layers of protection are necessary even for children who have learned swimming skills.

Diving Safety

Serious spinal cord injuries, permanent brain damage, and death can occur to swimmers who dive into shallow water or spring upward on the diving board and hit it on the way down.

Keep safe by following these simple common-sense diving rules.

  • Check how deep the water is. Enter the water feet first, especially when going in for the first time.
  • Never dive into above-ground pools; they are usually not deep enough.
  • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Never dive through inner tubes or other pool toys.
  • Learn how to dive properly by taking classes.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Salt chlorinators 

also known as salt chlorine generators and electronic chlorinators are delighting pool owners all over the world with over 1.8 million salt pools in the U.S. alone.

About the 3C’s

Salt chlorination delivers the 3C’s of pool and spa sanitization.  The Comfort of silky-soft water that doesn’t turn eyes red or dry skin and hair, the Convenience of automated chlorination that relieves you of having to handle harsh chemical chlorine, and the Cost savings of 50% or more on chlorine costs over factory-produced chlorine.

It’s not magic, it’s science!

We’ve heard many people say – it’s like magic – automatically turning salt into chlorine. It’s not magic or pixie dust, it’s truly science.

The science behind salt chlorination

There are two components to a salt chlorinator: the control box and its salt cell.  The control box in the simplest terms, tells the salt cell when to produce chlorine.  It’s the salt cell that actually makes chlorine from ordinary salt.

Salt cells are also known as electrolytic converters.  They are installed on your pool’s plumbing system’s return line, behind the pump, filter and heater. As pool water passes through the salt cell, an extremely safe electrical charge, generated by the control box, automatically converts the dissolved salt into fresh, natural chlorine. The newly chlorinated water is then dispersed evenly throughout the pool by the return jets where it prevents algae from growing and kills pesky bacteria.  After the chlorine has done its work keeping your pool sanitized, it is then transformed back into salt, and the process happens all over again.  Day in, day out, automatically.

About the salt in your pool

The salt you add to your pool’s water is never consumed, and it doesn’t evaporate.  It simply cycles between salt and chlorine forever. The only time you would have to replenish salt is due to splash out, if your pool overflows in a rainstorm or when you backwash your filter.

Salt chlorinators require a low concentration of salt (sodium chloride) – approximately a teaspoon of salt per gallon of pool water. The correct salt level* is comparable to a human tear, and as such, imparts no or little taste.  The actual amount of chlorination required to properly sanitize a pool varies due to the pool size, bather load, rainfall, temperature and the pool’s cleanliness.  * Proper salt range is 2,700 to 3,400 PPM (parts per million).

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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