As warm and humid temperatures grip much of New Jersey, people turn to healthy outdoor summer activities to cope with the hot days that lie ahead. While it may be tempting to hike in the hills or take a dip in a swimming pool, Jessica Iannetta of The Star-Ledger reminds the public to make safety a top priority this summer. For example, backyard swimming pools need to be fenced off in order to minimize the risk of drowning, particularly for young children.
That said, building a fence is hardly the only measure households can take to ensure pool safety. It’s also important to take the design of the swimming pool itself into account. After all, aside from drowning and waterborne illnesses, swimming pools also pose electrical hazards and sharp/pointy objects that can inflict wounds. With that in mind, New Jersey homeowners would do well to work with reliable swimming pool builders like Tranquility Pools, Inc. who put great stock in safety when designing inground swimming pools in NJ. A sound pool design can help prevent injuries or problems that a simple fence can’t possibly protect against. Case in point: lighting fixtures. Many swimming pools have variations in water depth, mainly to build a single swimming pool design that caters to children and adults alike. Yet without visual cues to help them out, swimmers can’t always tell if they’re already swimming beyond their depth.
Short of planting warning signs in the pool, the designer can install pool lights that illuminate the floor. In any case, the glare quality of the lights should be considered as they can be too bright for the swimmers to handle. Aside from providing added safety, pool lights can also improve comfort and help promote a better swimming experience.
This brings up another issue: electricity. The costs that go into lighting up the whole area should be ensured to not let it be used redundantly and let it go underwater. To ensure the safety of all swimmers, we suggest that battery-powered appliances and fixtures be installed. While it’s true that cord-connected devices are reliable, they are also likely to pose a grounding hazard should they sustain damage. If the homeowner insists on using an integrated electrical system, the pool should be inspected for compliance with the National Electrical Code.
Luckily, a one-stop pool design and build firm like Tranquility Pools treats this as a standard operating procedure whenever they’re called to build NJ swimming pools. Whether in the summer or at any time of the year, it pays to have these pool safety measures installed.
(Source: 46 ways to have a safer NJ summer, NJ.com, June 17, 2014)