The Swimming Pool
Everyone knows pools can be dangerous, but certain precautions can eliminate much of the risk. To keep unsupervised children and pets away, all pools should be fenced with self-closing and self-latching gates. Most communities require 4-foot fences around standalone pools. However, pools attached to homes typically are not protected when patio doors are open. Baby gates are an option for pets and toddlers, but should be monitored closely. When not in use, remove all toys and floats from the pool and surrounding deck to reduce the attraction for kids. Small kiddie pools also are a concern. Don’t leave infants alone in even an inch of water and empty kiddie pools for safety after each use.