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In the summer, swimming is one of the most popular activities, and if you’re someone with a home pool, you know that very well. Did you know that drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death, and that small children have some of the highest drowning rates, though? Consider extending home security to your swimming pool.

Security for your pool can take a few different forms:

  • Enclose the pool area with tall, self-locking fences. Keep intruders and unsupervised children out by installing tall fences to protect your pool area.

  • Install gate contacts and water level detectors. Place contacts on gates so you’ll know when they’re opened and install water level detectors to prevent flooding or filter damage.

  • Outdoor video surveillance around the area. Monitor your pool and the surrounding area even when you are not in the vicinity.

  • Use a sturdy pool cover when your pool is not in use. Keep your pool covered when not in use to prevent unsupervised children from jumping in.

While increasing security is a great step, it’s also really important to teach your children and their friends basic pool safety. Make sure that everyone who gets in the pool knows how to swim, and that they have supervision (that isn’t someone bent over their cell phone!) Enforce the local neighborhood pool’s rules, and consider giving young swimmers flotation devices. Better safe than sorry, after all!

A combination of security and education will help keep your kids splashing in the pool all summer long, and you’ll feel a lot better for it.

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