Above Ground Pool Access Ladders – A Word Of Warning!

Above Ground Pool Access Ladders – A Word Of Warning!

04th August 2014

We’re probably all familiar with the above-ground pools that seem to have sprung up in back gardens across the UK in recent years.  Having a pool used to be exclusively for the wealthy but these above-ground pools are usually temporary structures that can be dismantled in the winter and stored well away from the harsh weather conditions that would shorten their life spans.  Many of these pools are quite deep and a special access ladder will be needed to get in and out.  Families all over Britain are investing in an above ground pool as a way of adding a private pool to their gardens, it’s much cheaper and more convenient than having a proper swimming pool installed and if you move home, you can take the pool with you, so this is seen as a real investment.

With the brilliant sunshine we’ve been enjoying in the UK this summer, it’s likely that more and more people will be buying above ground pools – they’re great for cooling down when the weather is really hot.  They make a great addition to the garden toys and the kids are sure to have a great time all summer, splashing and swimming in the privacy of their own back gardens.  Investing in an above ground pool is quite affordable and will probably pay for itself by the end of the summer by limiting the number of costly days out a family will need to provide for the kids over the long school summer holidays.

However, a word of warning!  Recent news reports from the United States tell of a near catastrophe when an 18 month old boy nearly drowned in his own back yard pool while his parents unloaded their grocery shopping from the car.  They turned their backs for only two minutes, but this was long enough for the little one to climb the ladder and fall into the pool.  Even more tragic is the tale of a two year old girl in Columbus, Indiana.  Investigators into the accident discovered that the tot climbed the pool ladder and jumped into the pool after wandering away from the front garden where the rest of the family was playing.  After jumping in, little Jazzilyn Jenkins was unable to get back out and drowned.

With so many families in the UK now buying above ground pools to keep the kids occupied during the summer (or to cool down the adults after a long, hot day at work), it’s vital that pool owners are aware of the risks and follow some basic safety measures that should help to prevent similar heart breaking mishaps.  The simplest way to do this is to remove the pool access ladder when the pool is not in use.  If the children are too young to use the pool unsupervised, then make sure the steps are not accessible when they are playing in the garden.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that they won’t try to get in the pool if they’re not in their swimming cozzies – most kids would think nothing of jumping in fully clothed or stripping naked in the garden before getting in for a swim.