The thermometer is rising and the kids are out of school, which means it is the time of year when hitting the pool sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. While cooling off with a dip in your backyard or community pool can feel great, it can also be a dangerous situation without proper safety habits. Here are a few ways you can assure your family’s safety this summer in the water.
Supervise Your Kids
Did you know drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in kids ages 1-4? If you are heading to the pool with your child, no matter the age, be sure you are constantly supervising and watching them. For younger kids, you should be in the pool with them, within arm’s reach in case of emergency.
Never leave a child unattended near a pool. Unfortunately, many drowning events happen while families are not swimming, but when a child wanders near the pool and falls in. If you have a backyard pool or are visiting a home with a backyard pool, assure there is a fence or gate that blocks entrance to the pool deck space.
Teach Your Child to Swim
Swimming lessons are crucial to your family’s pool safety plan. Children as young as 6 months can sign up for water safety classes and can begin to learn how to swim or float in the water. Adults should be comfortable in the water as well, so sign yourself up for a refresher class if you are not a strong swimmer yourself.
Talk About Water Safety During Playdates
Elementary school kids can enjoy playdates at the community pool, or in the backyard of a friend. Before dropping off your child for a pool date, be sure you have spoken to the adult who will be supervising the kids. Talk about your child’s swimming abilities, and ask the supervising adult if there will be planned rest breaks where kids get out of the water for a designated amount of time.
For more tips and safety ideas, visit Pool Safely, a national public education safety campaign.