8 Summer Safety Tips for Parents
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.