If you have a swimming pool, you have to be aware of the safety aspects concerning that pool. There is no counter-argument, that is one of the legal duties of an owner of a swimming pool . You are going to get visitors coming around who cannot swim; guests who have eaten or drunken too much and should not swim; children and skinny-dipping teenage intruders and you have to provide a safe environment in which to swim for all or them or deny access.

The first area of swimming pool safety to undertake is the denial of access and the easiest way of doing this is the assembly of a security fence. It will deny access to passing children, interlopers and people who came around to see you on the off-chance when you were not in.

There are thousands of drownings by misadventure in garden swimming pools each year – most of them are children and drunks, who would still be alive today, if the pool had been locked up.

If you have your own children who are unable to swim, get them taught as soon as you can and drill some safety routines into them. For example, they should never get in the pool without an adult supervising them and they should always wear flotation devices, which means that you must always have flotation devices on hand.

You will require waist rings, arm bands and life jackets. Those for use in a swimming pool by children are not expensive and can be inflatable. It is also a good idea to have some boards of styrofoam floating about just in case someone gets tired unexpectedly.

Make sure that there is always a competent swimmer on hand who knows basic First Aid, particularly artificial respiration with specific reference to drowning. In fact, why not take the whole family down to the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade and all obtain your life-savers certificate? The least you should have is a proper life belt – ocean-going – on a rope that is long enough to extend anywhere in your pool and tie off the loose end.

It might be possible to get away with not having a security fence, if you use an above ground swimming pool, but you will have to check with the local authorities on that one. You will also have to take away the access ladders when it is not in use. Forgetting to do so could equate to criminal negligence if anyone were to drown in your pool.

Swimming pool safety is primarily about saving lives but it is also about the peace of mind of the owner of the swimming pool. If someone were to drown in your pool and you knew that you had not done everything within your power to prevent it, you would almost certainly carry that burden of guilt with you for the rest of your life, especially if it was a child and even more so if it was your child or the child of one of your guests.

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