In southern California we can swim in our pools for many months during the year. Adding a pool to your backyard can be an investment but safety is the number one priority.
A fence is a must to ensure child safety around the pool. Make sure your fence is at least six feet tall and difficult to climb. Fences are the best way to ensure safety.
You can soften the look of a fence byÂ training vines to grow over the surface. Avoid bordering the fence with trees or shrubs because they could provide an easy boost for curious children to climb over the fence. Keep the door or gate leading to your pool locked at all times.
Be sure to keep rescue equipment easily accessible around the pool. It is also a good idea to have someone in your household trained in CPR.
Develop a plan for what to do in case of an emergency and teach it to your children.