Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Parents & Kids
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You care for your pool by maintaining it with regular pool service and cleaning, but a clean pool isn’t the only way to keep your family safe. As you get the pool ready for swimming season, you’ll want to go over some simple safety rules with the kids. These rules are essential even if they’ve already taken safety lessons and have enjoyed the pool each summer for many years.
Go Further than Lessons
One of the simplest ways to ensure your child’s safety in the pool is through swimming lessons. You may choose to teach your child to swim, or you may think about hiring a local teacher. City pools and neighborhood recreation pools often also provide lessons.
A child who knows how to swim may also benefit from learning simple safety rules that all swimmers need to observe. Ensure your child feels comfortable and safe in the water through swimming lessons, but also make sure those lessons come with information on pool safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for children aged one to four years.
After the first swimming pool cleaning of the season is complete and your pool is ready to use, remind the kids of the following rules before they jump in the water:
- Never run around the pool
- No horseplay around the pool
- Never dive into the shallow end
- Always swim with a buddy
- Never push anyone else into the pool
- Know how to dial 911 for emergencies
In addition to these basic safety rules, it’s also important to have a talk with teenagers who might be inclined to drink and then swim in the pool. Alcohol greatly increases the risk of drowning. Also, encourage teenagers to remain vigilant when young children are in the pool.
Pool Safety for the Adults
Children who know the rules of the pool will enjoy a safe and happy summer, but adults should also remain aware of safe habits and pool rules.
Inspect the pool regularly: Keep up with regular maintenance and pool repairs to ensure there aren’t any electrical problems or other issues that could pose a safety threat.
Pool Safety and Small Pools
There’s a misconception that large pools require lessons in safety while small plastic pools that take just a few minutes to fill aren’t dangerous to anyone. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case since a small child doesn’t need a deep pool in which to drown.
Remember: Supervision is always priority number one when any pool of any size is in use.
Greet the season with a safe and happy pool experience. After arranging for your seasonal swimming pool service visits, sit down with the family and go over these simple safety rules.