May 27, 2014 Lydia Gable

Summers by the Pool: Tips to Stay Safe!

For many of us, especially in Southern California, a pool is not only a valuable part of a luxury home purchase, but a more-common-than-not expectation at most properties in this part of the nation. Many of us prefer living in a home with a pool, beyond just for the added luxury it affords, but also because we are so lucky to enjoy year-round warm weather. And from a realtor’s point of view, a pool adds real value to a home’s appraisal price. Prospective buyers in Southern California particularly in the Conejo Valley area, expect to view homes that have swimming pools in the backyards. According to the Wall Street Journal, in Southern California, a pool is a must-have. Says WSJ according to the National Association of Realtors statistics:

Regionally, in-ground pools will add about 5% to the value of a home in the Northeast part of the country, about 6% in the Midwest and 7.5% in the Southeast and West. In the Southwest, a swimming pool will add nearly 11% to the home’s value.

However, with all this in mind, the sad fact remains that tragically, according to The American Red Cross, over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year. The truth is that these tragedies can be prevented. So as we approach the summer months and the kids are on school vacation, I thought it the perfect time to talk about pool safety. This might also be especially valuable information to you if you have recently moved into your first home or aren’t completely familiar with pool safety. At this peak time when we’ll all be spending lazy days at pool-side barbeques or hosting pool parties, having fun is important, but it’s also vital that you make safety a number one priority. When you do, you’ll feel free to laze and enjoy the luxury that the pool offers without having to worry about safeguards being in place.

Below are three all-too-common pool safety hazards and some very valuable tips to avoid falling victim to these accidents:

1.Drain Entrapment

  • An increasing common accident and pool safety hazard is drain entrapment. Children are getting too close to the suction valves on the sides of the pool and getting injured or even drowning. Long hair can get caught and in some cases, limbs. Says Pool Safety.Gov:

Consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS)—a device that will automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected—or any other automatic shut-off systems in your own pool or spa.

2.Accidental Pool Drowning

  • Install an automatic pool cover. Although the high end automatic pool covers can be a bit costly, they can be quite attractive and more importantly save lives in the end. But if that’s not an option, there are manual covers that also roll over the top.

3.Pool Gates and Alarms: Another Layer of Defense

  • Gates are also a great deterrent, but in the case of a small child somehow falling in, a pool alarm is a great second layer of protection. And depending on what state you live in, there may already be legislation on the books requiring this. According to an article in Good Housekeeping, alarms can alert parents to emergencies before it’s too late. Said the article:

We recommend using both pool and gate alarms. The more layers of protection, the better…

Now that you know the steps to take to keep your pool safe this summer, you’ll feel better knowing your family is safe. It’s time to relax – you’ve earned it! Now that we’ve gotten all of the safety talk out of the way, here’s wishing you an awesome summer full of lazy sun-filled days that you will cherish for years to come!

For more on Westlake Village Real Estate or any information in this article, contact Lydia Gable. Whether you’re relocating to the Conejo Valley area, a first-time buyer or seller, you will be in the best hands with a realtor who is not only a top ranked in Conejo Valley, but is also a long time resident. Contact Lydia Gabletoday for a consultation today.

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