Its summer time and what are the first things that come to mind? School’s out, kids are everywhere and it’s hot! To beat the heat, most kids want to swim, swim, swim…and in their spare time, swim some more. LOL
Whether you have your own personal pool or your subdivision has a community pool, safety should be your first priority. Below are some tips to make your pool experience fun and most of all safe!
1) There should be a fence to limit access to the pool
2) Pool should be in good condition and professionally inspected before opening to residents
3) Safety equipment should be available to residents
4) Most times there is no lifeguard present, make sure there is an adult present at all times
a) Adults – Make sure you are not distracted, drownings can happen in mere minutes
5) Make sure your cellphone is charged, just in case you need to call for help
1) Make sure you watch your children at all times, especially the younger ones
2) Teach your children about pool safety
3) If you haven’t already, take a CPR class. There are many classes available, some are offered at little to no cost. Check your local YWCA, community colleges, etc.
4) Get swimming lessons for children before summer, so they are prepared when all the fun begins; lessons are available even for toddlers!
5) When your pool isn’t in use, make sure to limit access to it by locking fence; if no fence is present, cover pool or lock backdoors, use child safety doorknobs so smaller children can’t get to pool without you knowing
6) Make sure to get your pool inspected and that it’s in good condition
These are just some of the tips that can keep your pool outings fun and most of all safe. For more safety tips, go to: http://www.poolsafely.gov/
Happy summer everyone!
Written by Roxy McDonald