Barriers Delay Access
Supervision, the first and most crucial layer of protection, means a responsible adult is always watching a toddler.
But the reality is a brief lapse in supervision can occur.
A child should NEVER be able to enter the pool area unsupervised.
- Swim instruction may make children safer, but additional layers of protection must always be in place.
- Barriers can physically block a child from the pool, but they are only effective if they are in place, working properly, and used all the time.
Apartment and Home Owner Association communities face challenges when it comes to pool safety:
- Higher traffic
- Wider age ranges
- Multiple entry points to manage
- Misuse of gates, fences and rescue equipment
Just as supervision can become vulnerable, barriers can become compromised:
- Gates should never be propped opened, even for just a few minutes
- Door, window, pool alarms should never be disabled
- Battery dependent alarms/ safety devices require ongoing replacement
- Door closures, gate latches and fences should be inspected regularly
- Placement of objects near a fence could allow a child to climb over and into unprotected water
- Safety measures normally in place may be disrupted during holidays, family gatherings and breaks in routines
- Adjustments in a home to accommodate seasonal changes, such as use of screen doors and windows, may require modifications to barriers