Paying for Safety Equipment

 

- the world is in financial crisis

We all know that and most of us are feeling the effects of it right now

The financial struggle to keep backyard pools in good order is partly why we made this website - at least that's true about the Technical side of the site; we're offering a helping hand in these difficult times

The truth is that not everyone who lives with or uses a pool is rich; but every pool should have Pool Safety Equipment. At the very least you need a barrier like a Fence, a Safety Net or a Safety Cover. Sometimes, that can create a temporary problem

Young families and single parents, to name two financially vulnerable groups, might not have the funds to make the pool safe - yet they are the folks who need Pool Safety the most; there is almost always a young child at risk

Quality Pool Safety Equipment is made to a very high standard from hi-tech materials and does not come cheap; so here are a few suggestions to help you to raise the money you need to make the pool safe.  First thing you do is: -

Start a Pool Safety Fund

The basic concept is to get people interested enough in your Pool Safety Fund to come to your home, or an outside venue, and spend some money or make a donation of cash, their time or some service that they can offer

Here are a few ways to raise money for the Pool Safety Fund - there are many more ideas out there and if you think of a good one please let us know and we'll upload it

Any or all of the events outlined below may be of interest to your local newspaper so tell them about it - well before it happens - and they might do a story on your event and boost attendance

Make some posters and put them up in your neighbourhood

Car boot sale - Rent pitches or stalls in your car park or garden/field (or even in the street if necessary) to family, friends and neighbours to sell their surplus stuff

Clothes swap - Much the same as a car-boot sale but with just clothes, shoes and accessories

Ask people to bring unwanted quality items, in a clean condition, and charge an entry fee or a commission on sales, or both

Auction - Donated goods and 'promises' of people's time, labour and skill can auctioned off to raise funds quickly

  • Ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to donate to the auction; any service or skill that you can raise some money on. (A particularly useful skill is a Bookkeeper to audit the Fund)
  • Ask your local pool company, the ones you do business with, to donate a free pool-clean, basic service and/or inspection report to the highest bidder. They should jump at the chance of getting their foot through the door of a potential new client
  • Ask your local car service business to donate something of similar desirability; maybe a wash-and-wax-job on the highest bidders car?
  • Your local Supermarket might donate a trolley-dash as a fundraiser (just for the publicity, especially if yours is a community pool)
  • Ask every local business you can think of to donate something; including the likes of MacDonald's, Dairy Queen, Burger King. local hairdressers and barber shops, etc.
  • Don't forget to involve your local Radio station  - they love a human-interest story
  • Ask a local Celebrity to attend - maybe a local Radio DJ
  • Don't take a direct 'No' as an answer until one the above 'prospects' has said it on 3 different occasions - but don't be too pushy - give reluctant donors enough time to find a way to persuade themselves to help you
  • The more interest you can generate, the more local people you can involve - and the better your chances of getting the Press involved, so the quicker you'll reach your goal
  • Brush the kids hair ready for the Press 'Photo Opportunity'
  • Have all your sponsors in the photos, if possible

 

Raffle - ask for donations for the prizes, as for Auctions above, and sell tickets

Host any or all of the following - Murder Mystery evening - Jumble sale - Wine tasting evenings - Karaoke evenings - Quiz nights - Coffee mornings - Hair beading/plaiting party - Theme or Fancy Dress parties - Live music events (local bands will often play for beer and pizza, or even for free, in a good cause)

Fundraising Kids can: - babysit - mow lawns - wash cars - run a lemonade stall - or old toy sale - go carol singing - hold a Kids Theatre performance

Fundraising Adults, of all ages, can offer: - moving rubbish - gardening - professional services - being the 'duty-driver' for a friends night out - private lessons or tuition - hairdressing - massage - free round of golf - laundry - bake-sales - cleaning windows - painting - hand-made greetings cards

 

Safety Equipment costs money

If you can reduce the price of equipment and installation just a little bit - you'll make the pool safe that bit quicker, so shave a little where you can but don't ever compromise on quality

So, here are a few ways to get a discount on Safety Equipment

  • Find out if any Grants are available to offset the costs of Pool Safety Equipment. Ask at your local pool-shop and local government offices
  • Get several Quotations for the work and get the best start-price you can
  • Once you've got a start-price, offer the supplier or installer (let's call them 'they') any deal you can think of to get a better price
  • They really, really want to somehow find a way that you can afford their product but there is one other thing that they want even more than that - further business
  • A switched-on businessman understands the importance of a personal recommendation when he's trying to make his next sale
  • Companies know what each 'lead' costs them in hard cash - so if you bring them more business you can discuss a commission-based discount
  • Any businessman would be foolish to refuse such a deal; and most businessmen are shrewd enough to see the merit of this approach
  • This could include having a small advertising board outside your home for a month or two after the installation
  • Or carrying their advertising on your car for a few months
  • Or perhaps you could deliver a couple of thousand of the supplier/installer's leaflets in your immediate residential area
  • Offer to make a home-cooked meal for the installers when they are fitting the equipment - they may well agree to a cash discount equal to the price of such a meal

Buy online; it's often cheaper to buy quality brands on the internet but it's harder to get a deal because their margins are smaller. It's always worth a try though - in my experience if you ask for a discount you might get one but if you don't ask you definitely won't get one

So, that leaves one more option - beg! Don't be ashamed - we need to make your pool safe as quickly as possible

PS. - You can donate any surplus to the next Pool Safety Fund or give it to a swimming-related charity

 

We supply all plant and equipment featured on this website. All our work is Guaranteed; Parts and Labour

For free and unbiased advice, a site visit or no-obligation Quotation*, please make initial enquiries by email. Tell us a little about your pool problem and include a daytime phone number. Thanks, we look forward to meeting you soon

Note: - Please contact our recommended pool professionals for supply and installation of all pool-related services: - 

Andalusia and the Costa del Sol - Pool Safety SpainPool Safety Spain

Nerja area - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*We only offer Quotations: - a fixed, agreed price that cannot, and will not, be increased. We do not give 'estimates', as an estimate offers the client no guarantee of final price

Share this website with other Pool Owners and Users,  encourage them to read about Pool Safety, learn CPR and help them to save lives, time and money. Please help us to make every pool a safer place - by sharing this information we can cut the number of pool accidents and deaths.  Please also see our FacebookFacebook page

Ken Walker - MyPoolGuru©

Safety Checklist

- most drowning deaths are predictable and therefore preventable to some degree - you can do a lot to reduce the chances of a pool tragedy affecting your family

  • If the pool is at a holiday home - inform the tour agent or property owner, preferably in writing, and have them attend to any faults as a matter of urgency; like NOW!
  • If it's your own property - make repairs immediately; tomorrow may be too late

Pool Fence

A Pool Fence must be secure, in good working order, at least 4ft (1.2m) high - higher is better - and no more than 100mm (4") from the ground

  • Check that all the fence panels are in place with no holes that a kid could climb through
  • Check also for corroded, loose or missing screws; replace as required

Pool Fence Gate

  • Must open outward from pool and be self-closing and self-latching
  • The latch must be at least 1.2m from the ground - higher is better - Check that it locks on the first swing
  • Check that the gate swings back to the closed position and locks after being opened - if not replace the spring hinges
  • If the gate latch sometimes fails to catch when the gate returns to the closed position, or is so insecure so that it can be pulled open - replace the latch
  • Never prop gate open, under any circumstances

Area around the outside of the fence

We were all kids once and so we know that young kids are fearless and can climb really well

  • Check that any toys, furniture, planters, ladders, barbecues and anything else that a kid could use to climb up or get over the fence are removed, stored securely and out of view
  • Check that any trees or shrubs that could be climbed to help a kid get over a fence are cut back

Pool Nets

Ensure that any Safety Net is fitted and tensioned at all times unless you are actually using the pool - it takes a few minutes to fit a Safety Net but it only takes a second for a kid to fall into an unprotected pool

  • Check that there are no holes in the net
  • Check that none of the tension ropes are frayed
  • Check the all anchors are secure

Adult Supervision

Used in combination with a pool Safety Barrier competent, vigilant supervision is the single most effective weapon in your drowning-prevention armoury

  • Always supervise your child around water and stay within arms reach of the youngest kids
  • Don't rely on older children to supervise the younger ones;  - they can help take care of the tiddlers by being protective toward them, but an adult must always be present to supervise the kids

Pool fittings

  • Check that all swimmers know where and how to switch off the pool/spa pump system in case of an emergency

Chemicals and pump-room

  • Check that chemicals are securely stored away, out of the sight and reach of kids
  • Check that the door to the pump/filter equipment is locked or otherwise secure

Electricity

  • Check that an Residual Current Device (RCD) or Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) is installed to the pump/filter/sanitation control equipment 

We supply all plant and equipment featured on this website. All our work is Guaranteed; Parts and Labour

For free and unbiased advice, a site visit or no-obligation Quotation*, please make initial enquiries by email. Tell us a little about your pool problem and include a daytime phone number. Thanks, we look forward to meeting you soon

Note: - Please contact our recommended pool professionals for supply and installation of all pool-related services: - 

 

Andalusia and the Costa del Sol - Pool Safety SpainPool Safety Spain

Nerja area - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*We only offer Quotations: - a fixed, agreed price that cannot, and will not, be increased. We do not give 'estimates', as an estimate offers the client no guarantee of final price

Share this website with other Pool Owners and Users,  encourage them to read about Pool Safety, learn CPR and help them to save lives, time and money. Please help us to make every pool a safer place - by sharing this information we can cut the number of pool accidents and deaths.  Please also see our FacebookFacebook page

Ken Walker - MyPoolGuru©

arriving on holiday

Holiday Homes

Children, particularly young children who are unused to being around water, are especially vulnerable when on holiday or when moving into a new home with a pool

How many times do we read of yet another toddler drowned on holiday? How many more times will we read of similar tragedies?

Make sure that your precious children are safe - be prepared and the chances are that you'll have a great holiday with no incidents

In the buzz of looking over the accommodation the kids, who are as excited as they can be, will be racing around looking at everything they can (before their siblings have seen it) and in those first few minutes the parents may not have their minds 100% on their safety

The sheer excitement of it all - 'we've got a pool to play in! - WOW!' - at any time they want for the next couple of weeks - can blind kids to dangers that might be more obvious at other, calmer times

Pool Safety doesn't begin only at the moment you walk through the front gate; before setting off on holiday parents should sit down with the kids and have a serious chat about the possible dangers

Don't terrify the kids - tell them about the fun they'll have and the games they'll play - the barbeques they'll enjoy and the toys they'll play with; then warn about the dangers and extract promises of good behaviour from them

The first few minutes after arrival at a holiday destination (or moving into a new home with a pool) are the most dangerous of all

Parents should know what to do in an emergency and attend a CPR course before travelling. There are several organisations that offer training for next-to-nothing (or even FREEFREE online) and the average Course is only a couple of hours - what a great investment of time!

Many, far too many, kids have drowned within a few short minutes of arrival at their holiday destination and parents should bear this in mind, particularly at private Villas or other properties where there is no-one else around and therefore no-one else who could help a child who has fallen into the water

Here is a checklist of things to look at when you first get to the holiday accommodation or new house with a pool

BE SAFE - you might only get the one chance. Now go and book that CPR Course!

 

We supply all plant and equipment featured on this website, including what you see on this page.

All our work is Guaranteed, both parts and Labour

For free and unbiased advice, a site visit or no-obligation Quotation*, please make initial enquiries by email. Tell us a little about your pool problem and include a daytime phone number. Thanks. 

Note: - Please contact our recommended pool professionals for supply and installation of all pool-related services: - 

Andalusia and the Costa del Sol - Pool Safety SpainPool Safety Spain

Nerja area - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*We only offer Quotations: - a fixed, agreed price that cannot, and will not, be increased. We do not give 'estimates', as an estimate offers no guarantee of final price.

Share this website with other Pool Owners and Users, and help us to make every pool a safer place. By sharing this information we can cut the number of pool accidents and deaths.  Please also see our FacebookFacebook page.

Ken Walker - MyPoolGuru©

 

Pool Rules for Adults

Now that you are all grown up, and a responsible adult, of course you don't need a bunch of Rules governing your behaviour in your own back yard - but your kids absolutely need you to have some Rules in place, both for their own protection and for the safety of other pool-users

Parents should make sure that kids understand that there are limits to acceptable behaviour and, if they overstep those limits, there is a price to pay

So, tell the kids what the Rules are and then tell them what the Penalties are

Rules are whatever you consider to be reasonable but here are a few suggestions that might be appropriate for your pool and your kids

Three Strikes and You're Out!

Explain the following carefully to the kids, before they get to the pool

Strike one!

  • When a kid breaks the rules the first time - they have to sit out of the pool for the next ten minutes
  • No arguments, no whining; just sit quietly and think about how they can improve their future behaviour, then apologize to other pool users

Strike Two!

If the kid breaks the rules a second time

  • They have to sit out of the pool for thirty minutes
  • Then they must apologize to the other pool-users and ask their permission to get back into the pool

Strike Three!

Immediately remove the child from the pool, pack up, move inside the house or away from the pool, with no further warning

  • Very probably the child will whine, cry, apologize and promise to be good from now on
  • Their promise to behave is a big step forward, but we both know they are only saying it to get a reprieve and be allowed back into the pool
  • Tell them that the NEXT time they come to the pool they can behave but THIS time they've blown it and they are NOT using the pool again today - even if it IS their birthday party!
  • Threats, or a 'good stiff talking-to', rarely work but 'tough love' can be very effective
  • Most kids live in the moment and what works with kids is the immediate effect that their bad behaviour has on their personal level of fun
  • The lesson is learned at a far deeper level and retained for a long time
  • This is a two-way street - good behaviour should be noted, commented upon and suitably rewarded; maybe a little treat or an organised game or two?

Young children are sponges when it comes to learning - teach them the right way to safely have fun in a pool and they will be far less likely to drown, to hurt themselves or to accidentally hurt someone else

We supply all plant and equipment featured on this website. All our work is Guaranteed; Parts and Labour

For free and unbiased advice, a site visit or no-obligation Quotation*, please make initial enquiries by email. Tell us a little about your pool problem and include a daytime phone number. Thanks, we look forward to meeting you soon

Note: - Please contact our recommended pool professionals for supply and installation of all pool-related services: - 

Andalusia and the Costa del Sol - Pool Safety SpainPool Safety Spain

Nerja area - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*We only offer Quotations: - a fixed, agreed price that cannot, and will not, be increased. We do not give 'estimates', as an estimate offers the client no guarantee of final price

Share this website with other Pool Owners and Users,  encourage them to read about Pool Safety, learn CPR and help them to save lives, time and money. Please help us to make every pool a safer place - by sharing this information we can cut the number of pool accidents and deaths.  Please also see our FacebookFacebook page

Ken Walker - MyPoolGuru©