Eight Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Swimming pools automatically become the hub for summer fun every year, especially for young children. However, pools can be a dangerous place for little ones. According to ROSPA, six drowning related deaths occurred in swimming pools in Britain in 2014, of which, three involved children under five years old, based on data from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).
Accidents will happen, but as parents you can take precautions that can minimise the risk, making sure all children have during the summer is endless fun! With that in mind, we’ve compiled eight tips to make sure your children are as safe as possible when swimming.
- Supervise your children: Never allow your children to play in the pool without adult supervision. Teach your children to always ask permission before going into the pool and to always call out to you every now and again. Further, the presence of an adult will compel children to not take unnecessary risks.
- Maintain the pool’s cleanliness: Do not create tripping hazards in the area surrounding the pool. Remove toys such as inflatable swimming lilos from the water and walkways around the pool. After the pool is cleaned, make sure the surfaces are dry before children walk over to the poolside again. And it is a kid’s prerogative to run everywhere they go, so make sure to tell them not to do so around the pool.
- Don’t dive into shallow water: Explain to your children the dangers of diving into the shallow end of a pool, or when the pool is not filled. In fact, never dive into a body of water that is less than eight feet deep. Also, be aware that performing flips and cannonball dives can be dangerous too, so be sure to tell your children not to do this either.
- Don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm: Create a house rule – no swimming for at least 20 minutes (preferably 30 minutes) after hearing thunder or seeing lightning.
- Swimming aids are not life jackets: Swimming aids like armbands and inflatable rings are not life jackets. They lack the powerful buoyancy and safety features of life jackets. Additionally, do not allow your children to swim in the deep end, just because they are using armbands or floats.
- Swimming lessons: Sign your children up for swimming lessons as soon as they turn four. Provide them with this important survival skill to ensure that they will be able to look after themselves.
- Learn CPR: Learn how to perform CPR from a qualified professional. Get certified if possible. This skill could be the difference between life and death.
- Drains and Suctions: Explain to your children the dangers of drains and suctions, and avoid getting close to them. On your part, conduct regular inspections of the drain to ensure the drain covers are secure.
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