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Tips on renting a holiday home in France: Swimming pool safety

June 5 2019

If you're planning on renting a holiday home in France, a pool can be a great blessing, especially during the warmest months of June, July, and August. Homes with pools cost more, so give some thought to the kinds of activities you'll want to do. If you're planning to spend most of your time outside of the house sightseeing, you may be happy to spend less on a place without a pool.

Swimming pool safety is a vital consideration, especially if you have children. Those under 5 are most in danger. Since 2004, France has had a swimming pool law that's intended to keep children safe. It gives owners of private pools three options to secure their pools:

  • The pool can be protected by a fence, at least a metre in height. The door must be childproof.
  • Or the pool can have an alarm. This works like a motion detector. If the alarm is switched on, it will sound when someone or something enters the water.
  • Or a safety cover can be installed.

A pool alarm is only effective if it's turned on, so remember to reactivate it after you've finished swimming. Likewise, a safety cover needs to go back on to be effective. A fence may be the safest option, but any safety measure is only as good as the parents who are supervising. So if you have children, find out what pool safety measures are in place, and whatever is there, ensure that you keep a close watch on the kids whenever they're in or next to the water.