A backyard pool provides endless summer fun but it also comes with the responsibility of ensuring that it is used safely. According to the Lifesaving Society of Canada (LSC), drownings are the third leading cause for accidental deaths in Canada; and the second leading cause for children. It is no wonder that pool safety is listed among the top concerns about pool ownership. By covering your pool with a retractable safety cover you can significantly reduce the risk of tragedy.
Most childhood drownings happen when kids aren’t swimming. Young children can be inquisitive and fearless. They may wander into a neighbours yard and slip through an unlocked door or gate. A child can drown in a few minutes. Quicker than the time it may take you to realize that they have left the room. When closed, the retractable safety enclosure completely covers the pool taking away all points of access. Enclosures are easy to open and close and with a simple press of a button the enclosure can be securely locked. An alarm, which would alert you when the enclosure door is opened, can be easily installed. This would add another layer of protection and allow you to respond before a child enters the water.
A retractable safety enclosure provides more protection than a fence or fabric safety cover. When the enclosure is closed it is impenetrable. It can’t be climbed over or smashed. A fabric safety cover can prevent drowning if a person accidentally falls into the pool. However, it is easily moved aside by industrious children seeking to gain access to the pool. It is true that a retractable safety enclosure may cost more than fencing, or fabric safety covers but it also provides a higher level of protection. What is that piece of mind worth to you?
The Canadian Red Cross recommends creating layers of protection around your pool. Examples of layers may include fences, safety covers and alarms. Installing a retractable cover over your pool would add the ultimate layer of protection. That alone is invaluable. However, a retractable safety enclosure also has many other benefits including: extending the swimming season, reducing cleaning times and chemical use and increased water temperature.
Invest in your peace of mind by installing a retractable safety cover.