Your kids are probably begging to go to the pool. Can you blame them? Now that summer is officially in full swing there’s no better way to cool off then taking a dip in the water.
However, before giving your kids the OK to take the dive, here are a few tips to review.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it only takes one second for something to go wrong. From the moment that your child walks towards the pool, you should be alert and be watching them.
Even if there is a lifeguard, you should take responsibility to watch your child. While lifeguards are on constant alert, they are responsible for watching many children at once. If you are with a group of other parents, you can take turns being the official water watcher. This way you can take turns relaxing poolside while knowing someone always has an eye on your child.
Your child doesn’t need to have Olympic-level swimming skills, but it is worth teaching them the basic strokes and water survival skills. Before you let your child go in the water without assistance from a floatation device or an adult, makes sure they:
While each child becomes comfortable in and around water at different ages, the younger they are introduced, the better. If your child learns how to swim at a young enough age, they will remember how to swim forever.
Whenever your child is around a pool it should be ingrained in them to walk and not run, no matter the surface. Slips and falls are an incredibly common pool injury and are one hundred percent preventable. Furthermore, slipping near the pool could cause your child toppling into the pool which could result in an even more serious accident.
Drains are essential to keeping a pool clean and safe, no denying that. However, they can also easily turn into a hazard. Make sure your child knows not to play with or near the drain as their hair or bathing suits can easily get caught in them.
Yes, that’s right. This last one is for you. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but by knowing CPR, you could help save a life. CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, and local Red Crosses.
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