The school year is finished, and your kids are looking forward to a summer of fun. But because disrupted schedules and adventurous spirits can also make our lives a bit more chaotic, accidents are more common during these months. These tips can help to keep your child safe this summer, especially with regard to outdoor activities and pool safety.
Keep your car doors locked. Each summer, dozens of kids across the country die in hot cars. Since cars can seem like tempting hiding spots during outdoor games of hide n seek, keep the doors locked.
Reapply sunscreen regularly. Sunscreen does wear off after a hour or two, especially when swimming. And since swimming exposes more skin to the sun (particularly areas of the body not accustomed to exposure), you should be extra vigilant about sunscreen when your kids are using the pool.
Remember to hydrate. Even as your kids splash and play in the pool, they can become dehydrated if they aren’t actually drinking water. Learn the signs of heat exposure and heat stroke, and head indoors if your child begins to look or feel ill.
Remind kids of pool safety rules. Post a list of pool rules, and enforce strict consequences for failure to follow them.
Don’t let kids swim unattended. Even adults are safer swimming with a buddy, but kids definitely shouldn’t be left unattended around swimming pools. This is true even for the strongest swimmers; set a rule that an adult must be present at all times.
Keep the gate locked. Your pool should be enclosed by a fence, and the gate should remain locked at all times. Choose a lock that is difficult for young children to figure out, and install it high on the gate.
Put away all pool toys after swimming. A toy floating in the pool is just too tempting for young ones, who might lean toward the pool to grab it. In fact, pool toys are frequently the culprit behind pool accidents.
Consider a pool alarm. This alarm notifies you immediately when the surface of the water is disrupted, saving you crucial moments if a child does fall into the pool.
For more information on devices that can safeguard your kids (or neighborhood children) around your pool, give us a call. We can review pool safety with you, and help you evaluate your options.
No matter what the weather conditions, your swimming pool can pose a danger to children, pets, and even adults. Yes, it’s a great source of entertainment and fun, but make sure that you take a few safety precautions to prevent accidents from happening.
Here are a few suggestions…
Install a fence. Many municipalities already enforce laws regarding fences around swimming pools. But if you don’t already have one, it’s time to call a fencing company. Gates should open outward and be equipped with automatic locking features.
Consider one or more alarm systems. In the event that you forget to lock your gate, an alarm will tell you if it is opened. Alternately, underwater sensors in your pool will set off an alarm when your pool surface is disturbed by something falling into it.
Reconsider your diving board. Even proficient divers can slip and hit their heads, and diving boards are often irresistible to curious but unskilled children. Leave these to larger diving pools with trained lifeguard staff.
Check for tripping hazards daily. Monitor your pool area for tripping hazards like floats, toys, and cleaning equipment left near the edge of the pool.
Check your drain covers. Drains can pose a hazard via dangerous suction that can trap swimmers at the bottom of the pool. Check drain covers to be sure they’re in good condition, with no cracks or missing screws.
Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit handy. Your life ring, life hook, and first aid supplies should be kept in a clearly visible location in case they are ever needed. Check them regularly to be sure they’re in good condition.
Learn CPR. You never know when you will need this valuable, life-saving skill. Check with your local Red Cross about CPR classes, so you can learn to protect your family, neighbors, and visitors when emergency services are (critical) minutes away.
Teach your kids to swim. While you’re signing up for life-saving lessons, get your kids involved. If you’re having trouble teaching them yourself, look into private lessons. Kids often respond differently to professional instructors.
Set pool rules. Consider rules such as no running, no pushing/shoving/dunking, no diving into shallow water, and no swimming without an adult present.
Store chemicals out of reach. Your pool chemicals are designed to keep your water “healthy”, but they’re hardly healthy on their own. Store them in a locked, well-ventilated area.
For more information on your pool chemicals, storage, or treating your pool safely, give us a call. We can review your pool cleaning procedures to ensure that not only are you safe, but your pool is well maintained, too.