If you have a swimming pool in your Virginia Beach backyard, safety is extremely important. In addition to making sure that all of the pool supplies and equipment are in good working order, it’s important to teach your children about pool safety as early as possible.

One way to encourage water safety is to enroll your kids in swimming lessons. While children may not become truly competent swimmers until around age five or six, exposing them to swimming early can be beneficial. Even parent-baby classes can expose you and your children to helpful water safety messages and basic swimming safety concepts at an early age. In an area like Virginia Beach, these lessons can be helpful for staying safe at the beach, too.

In addition to making sure your kids know how to swim, make sure they know to stay away from drains, pipes, and other openings in and around the swimming pool. Check all of your pool supplies and accessories and make sure your drain covers are compliant — if you’re not sure, contact your local pool supply store for more information. Make sure that your pool and spa or hot tub have sturdy covers in good working order. You may want a locking cover for the spa or hot tub. Inform the kids that the spa or hot tub is not a place to play or hide.

Pool fencing is also an important safety consideration. Get a four-foot or higher fence around your pool with self-closing and self-latching gates. This will help to protect both your children and any other neighborhood children that may come over to play. You can also invest in a surface wave or underwater alarm — having a security system for your pool can help to alert you if someone is in the pool when you’re not outside to see for yourself.

Consider a new pool cover to increase the safety of your swimming pool. Cover your pool when it is not in use to save your children from accidentally falling in the water when playing around the pool. High quality pool and spa covers from LOOP-LOC (yes, the cover that can hold an elephant) will protect your pool and give you peace of mind.

At Aqua Leisure, we want to make sure that you and your children can enjoy your pool safely. Contact us today to learn more about pool security systems and other safety measures for your pool so that you can stay safe while staying cool in your pool.