>>For my backyard pool, we thought we should have some type of safety device.
>>Any recommendations of pros and cons of ring buoys vs. hooks (on a
>Generally (very generally) a ring bouy is what you would throw
>to someone having trouble to tow them in. A hook I usually
>think of as something to pull someone off the bottom
>of the pool, but it can also be used by reaching it out
>to someone in trouble. It's not as easy to give to someone
>without conking them on the head inadvertantly.
In my experience, I've always found the hooks (or when working
pools where the owners thought a ring bouy was sufficient, the
ubiquitous gunk net) easier to use.
If nothing else, when stocking a pool years ago that would only be
tended part-time (but the mgmt. wanted it open when no guards were
on duty), I found that having the hooks INSTEAD of the rings did
1) people in the unfortunate position of trying to save someone
w/out training weren't goint to kill anyone by trying to win
the ring toss.
2) kids didn't think of the hooks as toys, so the lifesaving gear
wasn't chewed up when real emergencies occured.
I'd hate to be in the position of picking one over the other again,
but I'd definitely recommend the hook for a backyard pool if I had
>to do is call the county health department and see what they
>require for pools in your area.
I concur inasmuch as I think this should certainly be the minimum
you have around your pool. Of course, I'd also recommend taking a
basic lifesaving course to boot, so that you'll know exactly what all
the gear is for. Both hooks and bouys can be dangerous if used
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