In the U.S more than 3,000 people drown each year, and most of these deaths are suffered by children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. When it comes to swimming pools and kids, safety is number-one.
What’s most tragic is that nearly all drowning deaths are preventable. To address these grim statistics, the US Swim School Association (USSSA) created a list of pool-safety tips for parents.
These swimming pool safety tips assume that you’ll also be supervising the kids while in the pool, staying up to date on your CPR, and installing fences and barriers. Here are some tips for making sure your family swimming pool fun stays fun:
- Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that they must hear from you before entering the pool.
- Never allow babies or toddlers in the pool without a swim diaper.
- Create a special ritual for your child to go through each time he or she enters the pool: e.g., putting on a swim diaper, changing into a swimsuit or applying sunscreen.
- Don’t use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.
- Makes sure your kids can swim without goggles. Teach them to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the steps or side of the pool and get out safely.
- When they’re in the tub, have your very young kids put their entire faces under the bath water and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water.
- Create a family water safety plan and have regular drills with your kids. Make sure they know what to do when someone is struggling in water.
- Make sure guests know your pool rules before they get in the pool.
- Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round, ideally.
Also, you might want to consider installing a special swimming pool alarm, so you know if someone has gotten into your pool.
If you have any questions about making your pool safer, give us a call! We love to help you brainstorm.
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