Sometimes the only way to enjoy a hot Summer day is by the pool. However, it’s important to note the risks that accompany this popular Summertime activity. 76% of drowning deaths in the United States each year involve children under the age of 5. Though the pool is for relaxation and fun, safety should remain your number one priority.
Never Leave a Child Unattended
As a parent, you probably already know you should never leave your little ones unattended. This also applies to the pool and pool deck area. To make sure both parents get relaxation time, try designating an official watcher and take turns.
Read All Warning Signs
If you are at a public pool, be aware of any cautionary signage and know their rules. Some pools have rules specific to their location and they are required to disclose any known potential hazards if they are not yet fixed.
Enroll Your Children in Swim Lessons
Swimming is just as much a lifesaving skill as it is a fun Summertime activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swim lessons for children starting at the age of 4. However, informal swim lessons can be beneficial between the ages of 1 and 4.
Stay Away from Drains
It’s crucial to teach your children to stay away from drains and suction outlets when playing in the pool. Hair, jewelry, limbs, and bathing suits can easily get stuck in a drain or suction opening.
Buy Proper Flotation Devices
Do not rely on toys or even the lifeguards at a public pool to keep your children safe. If you know you child does not yet know how to swim or is still learning, buy the proper flotation devices and have your child wear it at all times, not just when they’re in the water.
Portable First Aid Kit
If you are at a public pool and there are lifeguards on duty, they will have first aid equipment. But if you are at a private residence or your own backyard, consider making and keeping a first aid kit that is easily accessible from the pool.
Unfortunately, accidents still happen, even if you follow all the rules and precautions. It would be highly advisable to learn CPR so that in an emergency situation, you can take action.