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    Default Swimming pool with toddlers

    We are moving into a house with a inground pool.
    It's fully fenced.
    But I have toddlers and I'm worried at the thought of drowning but yet it will be fun and great to teach them to swim.
    So what's some ideas or suggestion to increase safety.
    I will have all doors to outside key locked.
    There is no lock on the latch.
    I'm worried my son who is 7 with autism will jump the fence or open the gate and it may not shut and my young toddler goes in .
    That's my worst fear so I want to everything to avoid it.
    I thought to put barb wire along the top of the fence do if he does try to climb it would hurt.
    Hmmm is that overreacting a little?

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    I know some pools have a alarm attached somehow so when someone jumps in the alarm sounds. Not sure if they can be fitted to a pool once its been put in.

    Padlock all doors at all times., start now so you are in the habit, hide keys. my 7 year old autistic child can open padlocks, id probably fit a alarm to the back door so you knew when it was opened and I'd look at adding a lock to the pool fence

    dont leave ANYTHING at all outside that can be pulled over to the fence and climbed on.

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    Just a note that padlocking doors and hiding keys is a massive fire risk. Having padlocked doors with easily accessible keys in a fire is bad enough, but hidden keys is really bad.

    Two options for pool covers include:
    The solardome - http://www.craigbartlett.com.au/pool...ers/index.html
    A sturdy 'winter' cover (like a trampoline) - http://www.sunbather.com.au/index.php?q=winters-covers

    The pool must be fenced with a high, special adult only opening latch and your 7yo should not be able to get to that, let alone open it yet. Yes, maybe in a couple of years, but your little one will be a lot older and hopefully a lot more confident in the pool by then.

    My dh grew up with a pool in his backyard and he was basically an independent swimmer by the age of 3.

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    The best thing to install is a safety net but if you don't own the property then you can get an pool alarm it floats not the water and alarms if it is disturbed by waves. The pool safety council have a check list to go thru to make sure your pool is safe too.


 

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