It is July, and the summer is reaching a peak in heat – perfect pool time. While being by the pool is fun, it is important that safety is the highest priority.
Here are some quick tips to keep everyone happy and safe at the pool this summer:
1 – If your child is under 4 years old, he/she should know how to swim
Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for ages 1 to 4 in the U.S. For proactive parents, enrolling your child in swimming classes as young as the time your child can crawl can be life changing. A child that crawls is able to learn survival swimming such as floating on his/her back. Once your child can walk, your child can learn to swim underwater.
Usually this can all begin before the age of 1 years old! I was 10 months old when I began my swimming lessons. It proved to keep me safe while living in a pool heavy state like Florida.
2 – Do not trust the life guards
While life guards are there to make sure everyone is safe, there have been repeated accounts of life guards not paying attention and missing a child who is drowning. If you go to a public pool, it is just as much your job to watch your child as it is a life guard.
3 – Do not trust floaties
Floaties are a great invention for those who need assistance while swimming, but that’s all they should be used for – assistance. They are in no means a fix for children who do not know how to swim. If your child doesn’t know how to swim, they should not get into the pool without you.
AKA: If you have to do this, your kid should not be in the pool.
4 – Put up a fence or covering
If you own a pool at your house, invest in a fence surrounding the pool. A pool covering can also provide the same service. Both can ensure that the children are not going in the pool without your supervision. It also ensures toys are not going in the pool where your child could follow and retrieve it.
5 – Establish rules
Before going into the pool, establish the rules your children should follow such as no diving, no running, swimming with a buddy, etc.
Finally, as a safety measure for any age:
6 – Learn CPR
We can never expect what life throws at us or what situations we end up in, but we can prepare ourselves to better respond to them. Learning CPR can not only help save your kid’s life, but also it can be beneficial for any other person who needs assistance. The more you know, the better off you are.
Summer can be the best time of the year – as long as safety precautions are made. Happy summer, everyone!