If you took a poll and asked a room full of children about what they find to be the best thing about the summer season, we’re pretty sure that one of the things they’re going to mention is going swimming. After all, it is one of the most fun ways to cool down in the midst of the high summer heat.
But before you put your kids into their swimsuits and head out to the backyard or a community pool within your area, we did want to take out a moment to provide you with five ways to keep your kids safe in the pool below:
Make sure to discuss the rules. One of the most important things that you can do to insure your child’s safety is to set up some “pool rules”. Tell them not to run around the pool area. Tell them to only go into the water when there is an adult around. Tell them by no means are they to push someone into the water, even if they are only playing around. Tell them to not enter into the pool area with food. Tell them not to throw objects (other than possibly a beach ball) around. These are just a few examples of things that are good for them to know before even getting into the water.
Go over some of the safety must-haves. As an adult, it’s important that you know CPR. It’s also a good idea to have a First-Aid kit as well as some emergency phone numbers nearby and to know what to do if you see a child unconscious in the water. For more info on safety guidelines that are good to follow, visit NationwideChildrens.org and put “water safety” in the search field. It will provide you with a wealth of pool safety information for both you and your children.
Have life jackets nearby. Whether your child can swim like a fish or they are relatively new to the water, it’s really important to have life jackets within their reach. And if they can’t swim, it’s just as important to not let them get into the pool without having a life jacket on.
Do not be distracted. A water accident can happen in just a matter of seconds. That’s why, if you are the one in charge of watching the children in the water, it’s imperative that you do only that. Therefore, try to avoid reading books or listening to music. As a matter of fact, if you want something to do, consider actually getting into the water and swimming with them.
Watch the gate. Say that you’re looking to build a pool in your own backyard and you decide to have a company like RoyalSwimmingPools.com. One thing that they will probably advise you to do is make sure that you build a fence around the pool; one that is high enough that children cannot climb over it whenever you’re not around. It’s also a good idea to make sure there is a lock on the gate and that it remains closed whenever you’re not around the pool area. This is just one more thing you can do to insure your child’s safety so that the pool can be a source of enjoyment all summer long.