This article is from the Baby Proofing FAQ, by Sandra Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
From: Dave Fisher, Hughes Aircraft Company
Deantha (email@example.com) wrote:
: We just acquired a house with an in-ground swimming pool.
: I need some ideas on how to make it *totally* kid proof.
Nothing short of filling it in will make it totally kid proof.
If you do decide to keep it, here are some ideas:
A pool alarm, which will sound if a child falls in. I understand there
are a number on the market, but I'm afraid I can't recommend any
brands. Anybody else?
Another idea is a locking cover; these kind of scare me too, though.
Kids may think it's fun to get underneath, and I wonder how well they
Swimming lessons are a good idea -- keep the gates locked, and make
sure that by the time your kids are old enough to climb fences they
are excellent swimmers. Keep any ladders, etc., locked up. Also, keep
fun looking pool toys locked up or out of sight to avoid temptation.
Also be sure that all the members of the family can swim and learn
CPR as well.
It sounds like your pool area is kind of a thoroughfare from the garage
to some part of the yard. If this is so, I would strongly encougage you
to change this if at all possible. If the pool area is only entered when
the pool is in use, and preferably only has one entrance, it will be a
lot easier to make sure it is always locked. A bell, chime, or some
equivalent on the gate to the pool is also a good idea for those occasions
when someone leaves it unlocked.