Make sure kids are safe around your swimming pool. Install a pool alarm.

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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