Once you have a salt system in your Phoenix pool, you might think your little oasis is ready for play. However, there is a certain amount of safety measures that need to be taken into consideration if you have kids at home. Little ones are prone to getting into trouble as a result of their curiosity, and this can also yield danger around a pool. Gates and drain covers can both prevent children from injury around this area of the home.

Why you need drain covers
Drain covers have come to the forefront of pool maintenance and safety since the establishment of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. This act was created after the death of Virginia Graeme Baker, a 7-year-old who lost her life after becoming caught in a hot tub drain, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Now, legislators are working with pool maintenance companies and owners alike to stress the importance of items such as covers, which can save lives.

“Educating communities on the potential dangers of swimming pools is a critical tool in saving the lives of our children,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, author of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. “I am so pleased to have worked with my colleagues in Congress to provide the funds needed for implementation of this important campaign.”

What barriers can do for you
Barriers around your pool can do a world of good if you have kids, especially ones that include locks that cannot easily be opened by little ones. The CSPC stated that the most efficient barriers you can use around your pool are types that children can’t leap over or crawl under. These items come in a wide variety of styles and materials ranging from chain link to plastic – it’s up to you. Your Phoenix pool maintenance company can give you insight into the options, as well as help you make your pool area safer for family and visitors.

How to make your pool a better place
If your household loves spending time by the pool, you know how critical it is to make sure that you can all have fun without the risk of injury. For more information on how to improve safety around this area of your home, visit the CSPC website for videos, tips and brochures to creating an oasis in your backyard.