Posted in Safety, Toddlers

In laws building a pool. Is it child proof enough?

My in laws watch my 3yo a few days a week at their place. They’re building a backyard in-ground pool. We asked what they’re gonna do to keep it child safe. They said beeping alert doors to all doors and leading outside. So basically if my child opens any door it’ll beep throughout the house that a doors been opened. Does anyone think this is sufficient enough to keep a toddler safe in a home with a pool? I was kind of hoping for something more of a physics barrier around the pool...

  • Hope
    May 07

    You could see if they would put a child proof door lock on the doors leading out to the pool. It goes on the way top of the door so the kids can’t reach the lock.

  • Jade
    May 07

    I think I would be more comfortable with a fence/gate surrounding the pool that could be locked up when the pool isn’t in use. Especially if they plan on playing outside with him near the pool. I can definitely understand your concerns, so I would let them know you aren’t very comfortable with just the door alarms.

  • Anonymous
    May 07

    We don't have a pool but a pond in the yard that is not safety fenced. We have top of the door locks on all doors. At 3, I would focus on water safety skills and be comfortable with no fence. We looked into getting a fence when we moved in and it was a few thousand dollars.

  • Nana
    May 07

    The rule is two safety devices in play at all times. Locks with alarms and a fence if it were my kid.

  • Andrea
    May 07

    I would definitely want a fence and I think there would not be a compromise for me on that one. Drowning is way too easy and fast to risk it. If they don't put up a locked fence, I would find different child care.

  • Katherine
    May 08

    I would have a fence and put your 3 year old in survival swimming where they know how to float on their back. My 1.5 year old takes it and it just gives me comfort knowing if she was to get into a body of water she would know how to float and survive.

  • Anonymous
    May 08

    My mom doesn’t have a fence around their pool, I trust her to always be watching. I do understand your concern though :(

  • Laura
    May 09

    I think most town ordinances require some type of fencing around an in-ground pool. Your in-laws will probably face fines if they don’t, since a lack of fencing will endanger not just your child, but any child in the neighborhood.

  • Vonda
    May 09

    I’d child proof with a gate as well and sign your child up for Infant Swimming Resource Classes (ISR). It’ll teach your child to float, call and wait for help if they do fall in the pool. I wish we had the classes up here but since we live in Alaska. Not a lot of pools here.