Summer is the time of year to look forward to all kinds of things: playing in the park, eating popsicles and ice cream and definitely doing a bit of swimming. This can especially fun for the little ones in your life.
When it comes to being in the pool, while it can be a lot of fun, because deep water can also pose a serious health hazard (especially to children), it’s imperative that you apply some swimming pool safety tips so that your kids will be able to have a good time, each time, that they get into the water—all summer long.
Get them some swimming lessons. If your children try and get into the swimming pool every chance that they get, then that’s a good sign that they should probably have some swimming lessons. Not only will it enhance their pool experience, but it can put your mind more at ease every time that they get into one of them.
Have some floatation devices on hand. Whether your children are new to the water or they can basically swim like a fish, it’s still a really good idea to put a couple of floatation devices on them. Pool Toy, Swim Way and Toys R Us are three websites that sell them for babies, toddlers and children. Also, if you’re wondering if there are swimsuits for kids that actually have floatation devices attached to them, there are. One website that carries them is My Pool Pal.
Keep toys and other items to a bare minimum. Water is plenty fun without a ton of toys and other items cluttering up the area right outside of the pool or inside of it. By having a lot of things around the pool, you run the risk of your children slipping and falling into the water. By having a lot inside, they might become entangled in one of them. Remember, your children need to be able to use all of their limbs freely, so other than a beach ball or two, there shouldn’t be much more accompanying them.
Learn CPR and first aid. While we all hope that you’ll never have to use CPR or first aid on your children, you don’t want something unfortunate to happen and you be ill-prepared. So, whether it’s first aid in Melbourne, London or in the States, make a point to get this kind of training. Each summer, it proves to be a real lifesaver for so many families.
Make sure at least one adult is present at all times. One of the most important pool safety rules is also one of the simplest. Whether it’s just one child, three children or several in the water, it’s important that you make sure that there is at least one adult that is present at all times. Be certain that it’s someone who can swim, someone who knows how to deal with choking and someone who is willing to remain completely alert at all times. Children need to feel like while they are in the pool, they have absolutely nothing to worry about and with a responsible adult in their view, they won’t.