Securing Swimming Pools and Spas

by Jon on October 30, 2010

Abandoned Pool Poses Danger

Abandoned Pool Poses Danger

Special care is required whenever there is a swimming pool or spa on a property.  Swimming pools can be dangerous whether they are full or empty, especially for young children.  Make sure all gates to the yard with the pool are secured so that no one can get in and get injured or worse.  This is for your protection as well as theirs.   The most common way to secure a gate is to put a padlock on it.  This assumes the gate is in good condition and is equipped with a proper latch or can be adapted to have one.  Sometimes it is not that simple however.  One often has to devise a way to secure a gate.  It might be as simple as nailing a wooden gate shut or using wood screws.  I have used a combination of chains and padlocks.  I have also used sheet metal screws to simply screw a metal gate shut.  The idea is to prevent someone from accidentally getting in and getting hurt.  If someone really wants to get in, usually he can defeat whatever means we might come up with to secure the property.  But when that happens, it’s a deliberate act and all bets are off.

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Jon November 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

If I understand your comment, then what I’m saying is that sometimes no matter what we do to secure a property, someone who really wants to break in can probably find a way. And there’s nothing we can do about that. But at least it’s not your fault; because you did your best to keep people from being injured.

Simone November 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Hmmm thanks for this a little good post. But I still dont understand the second part though!

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