Summer is here, which means it’s time to learn how you can make the pool a safer place for you and your child. Get ready, we’re going to jump right in!
- Always Accompany Your Child. One of the best ways to make sure your child is safe at the pool this summer is by being there yourself. Without the supervision of an adult, swimming can be very dangerous for children, especially younger and less experienced swimmers. Drownings often happen quickly and quietly, so it is important to make sure an adult is present each time your child goes in the water.
- Use a Proper Flotation Device. According to PoolSafety.gov, during the years of 2011-13 an average of 390 children between the ages 0-14 died as a result of drowning in a pool or spa. 76% of these deaths involved children younger than the age of five, which means a lack of swimming experience may have been a factor. Help keep your child safe this summer by ensuring that proper flotation devices are used.
- No Running. We’ve all heard this one before, but that’s only because it’s so important. The slippery concrete of the pool area increases the risk of slipping, tripping, or running into someone else, each of which could result in serious injury. Keep the pool a safe place this summer by making sure your child walks instead of running.
- Don’t Dive in Shallow Pools. Diving can be a fun activity at the pool, but if your pool isn’t deep enough it can also be very dangerous. According to the Livestrong Foundation, your pool should be at least 11 feet deep when using a diving board one meter in length. If your diving board is longer than one meter, the suggested pool depth increases proportionately. Play it safe this summer by only allowing your child to dive if the pool meets suggested depth requirements.
- Use a Handrail Cover. The harsh UVs of the summer sunlight can heat up metal handrails pretty quickly, so it’s important to make sure you have a reliable rail cover to keep from burning yourself and others. Additionally, the sunscreen pool-goers often use during summer months can make uncovered handrails slippery and hard to grip, creating a hazard when entering or exiting the pool. Keep your pool safe for everyone this summer by using quality handrail covers.
- Keep Your Goggles Handy. If your child is going to be swimming underwater in chlorinated pools, goggles should be something you take along with you. Aside from the redness and irritation that exposure to chlorinated water can cause in the eye, it can also result in temporarily removing the eye’s protective tear film. This leaves the eyes vulnerable to any bacteria found in the pool and could increase the chances of your child developing an eye infection.
Safety is an important thing to keep in mind when enjoying a swim this summer. Make sure your pool is a safe place by reviewing these tips and talking to your child about how they can practice proper pool safety.