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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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