Everyone wants to have a great time when they decide to spend an afternoon in the pool, especially young children. It’s an inviting, exciting environment that beckons both young and old visitors to relax, play, and enjoy all the fun that an outdoor space offers. After all, what’s the use of owning a big, beautiful pool if no one uses it?
However, the safety risks involved with water activities usually don’t occur to younger swimmers. They’re too busy thinking about all the fun they’re going to have splashing around, floating on pool noodles, and spraying their friends with water soakers. As a pool owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your outdoor area is a safe, fun place for any children who may use it, whether it’s your own child or a neighborhood kid who stops by with his family.
In fact, the legal repercussions fall on you should anything happen to someone while they’re on your property. That’s why it would be wise to enhance your pool area with certain safety measures. It also doesn’t hurt to make additions for the specific purpose of creating a more kid-friendly environment, especially if you have a family with children. JR Pool Plastering & Texas Gunite Ltd. offers some simple pool remodeling solutions that improve the safety and entertainment factors of your pool.
In order to ensure that every child visiting your pool has a safe, enjoyable time, here are a few general safety tips to follow:
- Lifeguards: It may not be a public pool or beach, but your backyard area should still have a designated responsible adult monitoring any children that play in the water. Whether there’s one child or several kids playing in the pool, you should have at least one adult supervising outdoor playtime to prevent any drowning accidents.
- Gates, fences, and barriers: These are actually required in some jurisdictions, so check with your HOA or other local authority to ensure that you’re following proper pool codes. The higher the fence, the better, but the minimum should be at least four feet high. Choose a see-through material for the fence, such as glass or chainlink.
Pump Up the Fun Factor
Some ideas for fun additions you can make to your outdoor area to keep the kiddos entertained include:
- Waterslides: Bring some of the thrills of a public waterpark to your home with a waterslide. Children and adults alike will enjoy the rush of speeding down the slide and the thrill of making a big splash at the bottom. Keep it short and simple, or, if you have room, give it a few twists and turns for more excitement.
- Children’s picnic area: A small area close to the shallow end of the pool makes a great spot for children to hold their own picnics and take a break from swimming. They’ll get to spend time in their own space without disturbing adults who are also using the pool. Small picnic tables or patio chairs under some shade provide a cool hangout spot for the kids to relax.
Other features you can request from our pool services include rock grottos, diving boards, tanning ledges, and waterfalls. For even more inspiration, you can give us a call or visit our Houston office. When you work with JR Pool Plastering & Texas Gunite Ltd., everyone can have a safe, fun experience outdoors!