Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Extra Pool Safety

Summer is upon us (well, I suppose it's still spring until June 21 in the rest of the country, but not here!) - which means all the kiddies are going to want to start swimming in the pools soon!  We've all heard about pool safety more times than we can count, and yet as soon as it gets warm, the news is already airing stories of drownings and near-drownings. 

If you haven't seen it yet, there's a relatively new product out for extra pool safety.  It's a mesh net that covers your pool to keep kids that might have crawled or fallen in from going underwater and drowning.  I would assume these pool nets are meant to be in addition to your self-closing, locking gate, of course!  They attach to the edges of your pool and provide a sturdy "net" over the water surface that will not dip down if a child climbs on it, and are made to be a bit uncomfortable to crawl on, so that children won't be lured to play on them. 

I think it's a great idea if you have young toddlers in the house.  My theory with child safety around pools is it's better to spend the money and have some peace of mind, than to later wish you had.  Unforeseen accidents can happen to all of us and with the short amount of time it takes for a child to drown, the extra safety is probably well worth it.