Do it Yourself: Pool Safety Net
Pool safety nets are a must-have when you have children in your household. Most safety nets can be installed on your own or with the assistance of a professional. Buying a pool safety net kit makes it simple and easy to do when you have a few hours to spare at home, and it costs less than having someone come in and install it for you.
What Do You Need?
The Katchakid, Desert Pool Safety and the AquaSafe pool safety nets are popular kits for people who have pools and want to install the safety apparatus themselves. A kit comes with all netting, hardware and detailed instructions you would need to set up the net around your pool. These companies offer the option of a worker to help install the safety net if you need it. The set should include the anchors needed to keep the net in place across the pool, the mounting fasteners and labels for the net. What you would need from your own toolbox are: scissors, a hammer, drill bit, a soldering iron, electrical cord, PVC glue, a tape measure and cement for particular pool decks.
How to Use Any Pool Safety Net
The detailed instruction manual should tell you how and where to begin for your specific kit. First, measure the pool area, and then start drilling holes between 24 and 28 inches apart and about three inches deep into the 4-inch-or-more concrete surface to set the anchor system for the net. Make sure to go around the shape of the pool exactly as if you were tracing it with a pencil. Once anchored, the net can be stretched across the entire pool area and cut and shaped to fit your pool perfectly when complete. The hooks that come with the net should be flat, so it will be anchored to the pool deck and flat enough not to trip over. You can tighten the net with the tension system in the center, and the pulley allows you to release the tension or create more for a tighter, more secure fit. It is highly recommended to keep the net, at its tightest, about seven inches above the water surface, giving it some leeway if a child lands on top of it so they most likely will not even touch the water. Remember to remove the net fully before the pool is to be used. It is dangerous to use the pool with the net partially covering it since someone can get trapped underneath a part of the net that is still over the water. The net should also not be walked on or fallen onto intentionally, but it is sturdy enough to hold a child up if they happen to fall in. The safety qualities you should look for in the net are strength and durability, and the size of the holes. You want to make sure the net is strong enough to hold an average person weighing about 175 pounds. The size of the net holes is a good thing to be aware of, since a child's arm can get stuck in the net and may make it difficult for them to get back to the edge, but not letting them fall into the water. A fence around your pool does nothing more than prevent animals from climbing in or children from climbing over. If your child was to open the gate and get in however, if you do not have the safety net, they could easily fall in. The net prevents them from being submersed in the water at all. Rescue equipment such as the life preserver or hook to pick someone up out of the water should also be kept in the pool area, but are usually only used if a child is having difficulty in the water. Those things do not prevent them from falling in or getting hurt.
The final cost of your pool safety net depends on the size of your pool, the fittings needed, and the shape due to the size of the net your pool will require. Also remember that this is an investment in your child's safety, but should not replace adult supervision and caution.