Taking a dip in your backyard pool can be a great way to beat the heat during the dog days of summer. It can be an excellent way to relax with family and friends or be a part of a regular exercise routine.
As much fun as a pool can be, it can also be source of danger. Unsupervised or poorly protected swimming pools and hot tubs can be very inviting to young children. A curious child can enter a pool area before an adult realizes he or she is missing.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports an estimated 350 children under age five drown in swimming pools each year. Another 2,600 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Nationally, drowning is listed as the leading cause of death of children under five.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't have a pool in your backyard. There are a number of preventative measures you can take to ensure a safe and enjoyable backyard. With available self-latching gates, safely covers and underwater alarms, you can prevent young children from having access to the pool without appropriate supervision.
The CPSC has a number of publications available through www.cpsc.gov to help you. When the weather heats up, a backyard pool can be a great way to cool down. Make sure yours is safe as well as enjoyable.