While we all enjoy a leisurely, summer day lounging by the pool, pool owners should never forget that the number one priority must always be safety. According to the Center for Disease Control, there were an average of 3,536 fatal accidental drownings annually in the United States, not related to boating, based on data from 2005 to 2014. This equals about ten deaths per day due to drowning, with at least two deaths per day from children younger than fourteen, and is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 years old.
With these alarming statistics, pool owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of people, especially children, that visit or have access to their pool. The majority of these tragic drownings occur in pools owned by family, friends, or relatives, and the child was typically not out of sight for more than 5 minutes. Take action to ensure the safety of your pool, and be part of a solution rather than a statistic. Swimming pool safety covers are a great way to help protect people and animals from accidental drownings.
Swimming Pool Safety Covers
A swimming pool safety cover provides a high level of security over the water surface that prevents children, animals and even adults from falling in, and can easily be opened and closed. Safety covers can be either manual or motorized for ease in opening, but must have the ability to be removed quickly in case of emergency. When installed correctly, pool safety covers must support the weight of two adults and one child to accommodate possible rescue.
Your pool safety cover should also meet the requirements of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM F 1346-91 outlines the standard for Pool and Spa Covers, establishing three classifications for covers including power safety covers typically found on swimming pools, manual safety covers, and the category of “other”, which do not qualify as a safety cover as they do not provide a barrier for children under the age of 5.
In order to bear the proper safety label, a pool safety cover must pass all tests and performance standards detailed in ASTM F 1346-91. If your pool cover does not say “safety”, it only meets the non-safety standards for pool covers.