Safety pool covers for inground pools protect your loved ones, children, and pets because a swimming pool can still be dangerous even when it’s closed for the season. Using the right type of winter pool safety cover is an important part of owning a pool. Swimming pool safety covers are effective in protecting people and animals from accidental drownings and protect your pool from damage over the winter.
Prevent Drownings with Safety Pool Covers for Inground Pools
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 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. Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 years old. Safety pool covers for inground pools can help to reduce the number of accidental drownings.
With these alarming statistics, pool owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of people, especially children, who 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 and Safety Standards
Your pool safety cover should 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.
When installed correctly, pool safety covers must support the weight of two adults and one child to accommodate possible rescue. 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. The Swimming Pool Store offers only above-ground and inground pool safety covers that meet ASTM F1346-91, and all safety standards fit perfectly to your pool.
Pool Closing and Installation of Safety Pool Covers for Inground Pools
The Swimming Pool Store will order your safety pool cover that meets all safety standards and install it for you with your pool closing. If you are preparing to close your pool, be sure to check the condition of your safety cover prior to your closing and make sure that it is still in good shape and ready to be used over the winter. Improper storage can cause damage to your pool cover, or if rodents have gotten to your cover and chewed holes in it, you should replace your safety cover to provide adequate protection. A cover with holes in it could tear more and would not provide protection against drowning or fully protect your pool surface and equipment from a harsh winter.
Mesh, Solid, Custom – Get the Right Safety Cover for Your Pool
We can help to explain the difference between mesh pool covers vs. solid pool covers and offer custom pool cover installation. Our team of experienced pool technicians measures your pool for a perfect, custom-fit, and professional safety pool cover installation. Contact us as soon as possible if you are in need of a new safety pool cover for your inground pool to have it in stock before your pool closing.
The Swimming Pool Store Offers Quality Pool Safety Covers
The Swimming Pool Store has provided professional, experienced swimming pool services for over 50 years. Check out our YouTube channel for some videos on pool closing and safety cover installations.
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Always review the rules for your pool when having visitors. Teach young children to stay away from the drains and make sure all drains have the proper covers in place. Teaching children how to swim is important, but providing a safe environment for all who visit or have access to your pool, whether they can swim or not, must be a top priority for all pool owners.
The Swimming Pool Store offers pool safety covers that meet all requirements listed in ASTM F 1346-91. We provide comprehensive pool services, including pool openings, closings, regular maintenance, free water testing, and a wide selection of pool products for fun and safety. Contact us today to learn more about protecting your pool during the off-season with quality safety pool covers for inground pools.