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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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