I think we can all agree that children in the pool make us a little nervous and that is okay. Children in a large body of water should keep family members on high alert at all times; however, just because you’re there at the pool with your youngsters doesn’t mean you can watch them without blinking, we’re all human and things can happen in just one second. There are many tips and tricks new parents and parents of children who simply weren’t born loving the water can learn. Below we will discuss several strategies and tips for residential and community pool safety.
In the United States alone, around 800 children a year lose their lives to pool-related injuries. There is no need to leave any room for error, even if you can win a starring competition. Even children who are fantastic swimmers should never be trusted to their own devices.
Follow these tips in any large body of water:
- Watch children. Even if they can swim and you would swear, they had gills, watch them. A child is still a child and they will over-estimate their abilities.
- Teach children how to swim, even at a young age. Get them comfortable with water and show them how to float.
- Make sure your child/children are always at arm’s length.
- It is crucial that you know what to do in case of an emergency.
- Have pool safety rules that are strictly enforced. Children forget important guidelines when they’re having fun, so be aware, and make certain that your safety rules are enforced.
- Teach your children to always seek an adult in case of another child in distress.
- Use flotation devices until the children are old enough to reach the floor of the pool without standing on their tiptoes.
Once you have gone through guidelines, rules, and the no exceptions with your children there are ways that you can make your actual pool a much safer place for them. Take these easy steps to make your pool safe for your children!