I came across this video from Inside Edition today as I was doing research for various topics to share with our fans. This video shows a two year old scaling the locked out gate of his parents’ pool. It goes on to show two more ingenious toddlers scaling the fences that surround their pools…and they do it so fast and make it look so easy!
So what should you do if you own a pool? Adhere to local laws regarding fencing requirements is the first step. If you are a resident in Westerly with a pool, you can find the ordinance here: §260-67: Swimming pools; for Stonington residents you can check section 7.15 in the Stonington Zoning Regulations handbook. Pools are considered an “attractive nuisance”, and if I owned a pool I would definitely opt to adhere to the highest level of the pool regulations.
Next talk to your children that they are to NEVER be near the pool without an adult watching them. Be very clear that it is not enough to have an adult somewhere in the yard, this adult must be paying attention to the swimmers. Third, consider a pool alarm. There are four different types of pool alarms and you need to decide which one(s) are best for your pool and your situation.
Make sure every member of your family/household knows how to swim! If they do not, enroll in age-appropriate swim classes. Yes, this means adults too. It does no good to have an adult who does not know how to swim, be responsible for watching children swim.
Finally, make sure you household members know how to respond during an aquatic emergency. Basic water life saving techniques; where safety equipment is around the pool; and how to perform basic first aid and CPR.
Pools are fantastic places to idle away during the hot summer months, but it’s important to realize the real hazards and take proactive steps to protect you, your family and your guests (invited or uninvited).