Fish have gills to live and breathe in water, but for humans, this is not possible since they have lungs to take in oxygen from the air. If too much water gets into a person’s pair of lungs, he/she can drown. Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of death from injuries among kids is drowning.
If a little one accidentally falls into a swimming pool (at his own house or someone else’s), he/she is likely to be drowned. We know your little one is your world, and so it is imperative to learn these pool safety tips for your kids.
Surely, you and your kids love enjoying a dip in the pool to cool off the summer heat and relaxing in a hot tub and swimming in a backyard pool in the warm weather. But before you start having fun in the pool with your kid, here are 11 swimming safety tips that all parents should be aware of, to keep their kids safe in and around the swimming pool:
1. Active Supervision
Children must have parents’ undivided attention when they are in and around a pool or hot tub.
2. Pool Fencing
According to Richard So, MD, a clinical assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, “If you have your own pool, make sure it’s properly enclosed by a fence at least four feet high with a self-latching gate and no easily accessible foot or hand holds.
To keep your little ones safe and your mind at peace, ensure the door to the pool has an alarm. Also, install an underwater motion swimming pool alarm.
4. Swimming Lessons
The best way to let your children enjoy swimming safely is by making certain that they learn to swim well. Let them join age-appropriate swimming courses. Not only is swimming great from a safety perspective, it also provides amazing health benefits for you and your children. Here are a few great ways to teach babies and toddlers to swim.
5. Pool Water Maintenance
How do you ensure that your little ones are not at the risk of rashes or more serious water illnesses? To have clean and clear water in your pool or hot tub, it’s crucial to maintain good chemical levels, circulation, and filtration.
6. Rules & Safe Behaviours
Never dunk a child who is below the age of three years in water. Set safe behaviours & convey them to your kids; for instance, no head-first slides, no dive in, no running, only walking in water, never going in or around the pool without an adult, etc.
7. Learn CPR
If you often go to pool parties with your young ones or own a swimming pool at your residence, it’s suggested that you get CPR training.
8. Life Jackets
An infant who weighs at least 9 kg (20 lb) must use a life jacket. Moreover, if you have a toddler who is swimming or playing near or in the water, then he/she must also wear a life jacket.
9. Lifesaving Equipment
Keep a first aid kit, rescue buoys, a long pole, etc. near the pool (though, away from young children’s reach) that can be used in haste if there is an aquatic mishap.
10. Lock Away Pool Chemicals
Young children are curious, and accessible pool chemicals can be an attraction to them. Chemicals, additives, and cleaning compounds are best kept locked, out of the reach of children.
11. Pool Water Temperature
Last but not the least, test the pool’s water temperature before you plunge in. In general, 82°-86°F (28°-30°C) is comfortable for recreational swimming for kids (infants are more comfortable when the water is on the warmer side of this temperature range).
Hopefully, with these layers of protection, your little ones will enjoy swimming in the safest manner possible.
Safe is best for swimming pools!