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Being Safe at the Pool this Summer

06/23/2020 12:57PM ● By Alex Robbins
Swimming is a great way for kids to stay active, get outside, and step away from the screen. However, pools present a number of different dangers for your children. Below, refresh your memory on the rules and habits that can keep your kids safe so you can all have fun in the water.

Making the Pool Safe  

Before doing anything else, it’s important that you make sure your pool is a safe environment. These tips can help.

●      Installing a fence is important, even for above-ground pools.

●      Repairing things like cracks or collapsing walls will prevent injuries.

●      If you also have a hot tub, it’s important to childproof it.

●      Make sure you keep life vests stored near the pool for easy access.

●      Gear like a pool alarm can alert you when someone enters the water without your knowledge or falls in.

Training for Safety

Once your pool is set up for safety, it’s time to refresh your memory on safe habits and skills. Here are a few things you might want to consider.

●      Enrolling your kids in swim lessons will teach them vital skills.

●      Taking a CPR class as a family is also a good idea.

●      As a parent, it’s crucial you learn about the signs of drowning, some of which are subtle. 

Establishing the Rules

No matter how good your kids are at swimming, it’s important that everyone follows the same safety rules. These are a few rules you should establish for your pool.

●      Don’t allow running or horseplay in or around the pool.

●      Have a rule against unsupervised swimming.

●      Always put away pool equipment, which may present a trapping hazard.

●      Consider putting up a pool rules sign as a friendly reminder to kids and guests.

Swimming is one of the best ways to stay cool and have fun on a hot summer day. However, it’s important to remember that the home swimming pool can be a dangerous place. To prevent injuries and accidents, make a habit of regularly reviewing the rules and making sure everyone knows how to stay safe.