When Are Pool Covers Dangerous?

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Underwater without a pool cover

If you’re shopping for a pool cover, the question of whether are pool covers are dangerous may have crossed your mind. Not all covers are made to the same safety standards, and some are made only to keep out leaves and other debris.

If there are young children and pets with access to your pool area, some types of pool covers may actually be incredibly dangerous for them. Ensuring that your cover is a pool safety cover is incredibly important to help prevent fatal accidents.

Misapplication Makes a Pool Cover Dangerous

Misapplication — including both applying the product in the wrong manner and choosing the wrong type of product to apply — is the main variable that can make a pool cover dangerous, and the element of danger could potentially be great. With that in mind, here are five things that give an affirmative answer to the initially quizzical question: are pool covers dangerous?

  1. A Cover With a Poor Fit that Leaves Water Exposed

Covers by All-Safe are custom-fitted for pools. The installer records measurements at the pool site. Other manufacturers that sell to individual consumers, as distinguished from the consumer pool cover market at large, often do the same. Even when someone buys a readymade cover from a big box retailer inspection not included dimensions are printed on the box.

How do some pool owners end up with an undersized cover that leaves a gap of water exposed at the edge of the pool? Usually, it happens because they can’t find a cover that perfectly matches the dimensions of their pool, and decide to buy the closest fit available.   

The degree to which the gap makes the pool cover dangerous depends on its width. It can look deceptively large compared to the covered portion of the pool. Even gaps of a few inches can permit toddlers to slip through sideways — and if they do, the covered portion makes them nearly impossible to see. A cover with a poor fit can be a tragic choice that claims a life.        

  1. A Cover not Secured at all Points Around the Pool Deck

The most reliable types of pool safety covers are attached to anchors drilled directly into the pool deck. But not all pool covers are made with the same design, or installed correctly. Some are simply made to be draped across the pool without attaching themselves to the deck. This gives them a lot of slack as the center of the cover dips into the pool and floats on top of the water.

A child or pet that falls into a slack pool cover is in danger. These covers make the pool area very difficult to climb out of. Their weight may also pull the cover entirely into the water where they could drown.

  1. When a Leaf Pool Cover is Applied as a Safety Cover

The primary purpose of a leaf pool cover is to keep leaves and debris out of the pool. To keep debris from slipping under the cover, they’re often anchored to the deck in the same way a safety cover is, but leaf covers by definition aren’t made to provide the same safety benefits

If you have a leaf pool cover or would like to get one, the best course of action is to invest in a pool safety net. These safety barriers can be installed underneath leaf covers to give them a substantial boost to their strength.

  1. When Used Without a Pool Fence

Ideally, your pool should have multiple layers of protection. The first should be a perimeter fence to create an enclosure for your pool area. These are great for keeping your pool area private, but your children and pets will likely still have access to your pool after this

The second layer of protection for your pool should be a mesh pool fence that encloses the pool. These fences by All-Safe are made with aircraft-grade aluminum poles, and a semi-transparent ultra-strong mesh material that’s very difficult for children to climb.

  1. When they Go Unused

Safety barriers only work if you use them. Some pool covers are easier to use than others, and it might be tempting to forgo attaching the cover. Automatic pool covers are the best option in this case. These covers automatically extend to provide protection for the pool with the flip of a switch.

Investing to Protect Your Family

Are pool covers dangerous? As a general line of products, no. However, depending on the context of a cover’s application, including the failure to even apply the product, some things do make a pool cover dangerous.

Need help securing your pool? Find your nearest All-Safe dealer to talk with a local expert who can help.

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Colors on your screen or brochure may not match the actual color of your product.

Due to the many variations in monitors, phones, and browsers, color samples and product examples may appear different on different screens. Computers and mobile devices are not all calibrated equally and color reproduction on the Internet is not precise. The same is true for printed items such as brochures and other sales literature. 

In addition, the colors of our products photograph differently under different lighting conditions. For example, photos taken in full sunlight will vary from photos taken on a cloudy or overcast day. Similarly, shadows from nearby objects can affect the color and transparency of our products. If a precise color or specific shade is important, please inspect the actual color of your product prior to installation.

Colors will vary from batch to batch.

Many of our products’ materials are not available through typical stores and vendors and therefore must be custom manufactured specifically for our use. In order to control costs and provide you with the best value possible, our raw materials are produced in large batches and can often take several months to receive. The colors of our materials can, and often do, vary slightly from batch to batch. Although we make every effort to minimize color variations, we cannot be responsible for these differences when they occur. If a precise color or specific shade is important, please inspect the actual color of your product prior to installation.

Color names are subjective and may not be what you think the color should be.

For example, we use the name “putty” to describe some of our products. Your idea of the color “putty” may be different than someone else’s idea of “putty”. In addition, products may have the same color name but may not be the exact same color. For example, we have different shades of “black”. Please do not order using color names as your only guide. If a precise color or specific shade is important, please inspect the actual color of your product prior to installation.

Inspect the actual color of your product prior to installation.

If it is important that your product be an exact color or shade, it is highly recommended that you inspect the actual product prior to its installation and address any concerns with your local independent installer. Most independent installers do not offer refunds or accept returns due to color variations.