It’s getting warm out and many area pool owners are wanting to open their swimming pools for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Kids are so excited to start swimming and playing outside. So, in there interest of safety, it’s time for our annual safety message.
Did you know that in the U.S more than 3,000 people drown each year, and most of these deaths are children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools? These deaths are so tragic—and most are preventable. When it comes to pools and kids, swimming pool safety is number-one and must be first in every pool owner’s mind.
To address these grim statistics, the US Swim School Association (USSSA) has created a list of pool-safety tips for parents.
These swimming pool safety tips assume that you or another adults will ALWAYS be supervising the kids while in the pool, staying up to date on your CPR, and making sure that proper fences and barriers are installed and working.
Here are their tips for ensuring that 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 turn your back to your child while they’re in the water—keep a hand on toddlers and stay within an arm’s length of your older children (up to age 5).
- 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.
- 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 the water.
- Make sure guests know your pool rules before they get in the pool and know the kids’ rituals, as well.
- Avoid dunking your little ones (under age 3). Small kids can swallow large amounts of water, which can be dangerous. And the experience can be traumatic for some children, too.
- 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 when you’re not out there. If you have any questions about making your pool safer, give us a call! We love to help you brainstorm.
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