Your Summertime Guide to Pool Safety
The sun is out, the weather is warm, and it’s time to get splashing. Opening up your pool is one of the best summer activities out there, but make sure you’re doing it safely. A pool is a big responsibility, and it’s important that your kids know how to be safe and cautious before the cannonballs start. Here are some tips for keeping your loved ones safe this summer.
Whether you have an above- or in-ground pool, you need to take precautions:
- Invest in a good pool cover for the off-season or when you’re away.
- A fence around your pool can prevent your kids from getting in when you’re not looking.
- Repair any pool damage immediately to prevent injuries.
- Your pool may be considered an attractive nuisance, especially if it’s easy to access.
If you have a pool, it’s absolutely vital that your little ones know how to swim properly.
- Introduce your child to the water gradually.
- Talk to them about the dangers of swimming and ensure they understand to never get in the pool alone.
- Get them swim lessons that include self-saving practices.
Create firm guidelines to keep everyone happy and injury-free all summer long:
- Never allow anyone to dive into water less than nine feet deep.
- Always ensure guests know how to swim before they get in the pool.
- Have little learners swim in life jackets until you’re confident in their swimming abilities.
- Make sure your family uses and reapplies sunscreen to prevent skin damage.
Hitting the pool is one of the great joys of summer time. Keep these resources on hand to make sure your family is as safe as possible while they soak up the sun!
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Alex is a Stay-at-home father of three lively boys. Home safety is a number one priority when you are around this much energy and curiosity! He co-created safetytoday.org.