It's that time of year again! The sun is shining, the weather is hot and the kids are getting out of school and getting into the pool. Although pools may be fun, there are dangers associated with cannonballs and playing Marco Polo; over 200 young children drown in swimming pools each year. To make sure your summer is amusing and accident free, follow these simple safety tips:
- A barrier around your pool of at least 4 feet is a necessity. Moreover, this barrier should have a self-closing as well as self latching gate. Automatic safety covers are also something that should be strongly considered. Do not mistake a safety cover for a solar cover; safety covers cover the entire pool and are motorized to ensure children can’t slip under them.
- Make sure everyone in your household knows how to swim. It is worth the investment to find an age appropriate class to begin or advance your children’s swimming ability.
- Rules should be implemented and enforced around the pool area to lessen the chance of unforeseen injury. Just a few examples would be; no diving, no running on the pool deck, and also keep yourself and pool toys away from the filter. If diving is allowed, always make sure the pool depth is known and never dive through tubes.
- The most important safety tip is to have your children under active supervision at all times. You should not be more than a couple feet away from your young children, within arm’s reach, and staying within a reasonable distance to help the older children if the situation demanded it. This means supervising free from distractions such as a cell phone, doing household chores, or consuming alcohol.
Adopting these simple steps is a great start to helping you stay cool by the pool, both literally and figuratively.