Summer days are here and it is time to beat the heat and head to the pool. I know that my children enjoy to take a splash in the pool during the summer. Last summer we spent almost every morning at our local pool. My son Mandivamba actually taught himself how to swim last summer. My daughter Maliah enjoys the pool and spending time learning the basics of swimming and fun. The pool is a very important part of our summer experience as a family. However, safety at the pool is very important for children and adults. Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather, But water also can be dangerous for kids if parents don’t take the proper precautions. Parents can take proper precautions to keep their children safe and to stay away from any accidental drowning or other pool related accidents this summer.
10 Summer Safety Tips for the pool
1. Never leave children alone in or near the pool even for a moment
2. Make sure adults watching young children in the pool know CPR and can rescue a child if necessary.
3. Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook-a long pole with a hook on the end-and life preserver) and a telephone near the pool.
4. Don’t swallow pool water. In fact, try to avoid getting only pool water in your mouth.
5. You can start introducing your babies to water when they are 6 months old. Remember to always use water proof diapers and change them frequently.
6. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglements and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or sunction outlets.
7. When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
8. Whether you’re swimming in a back yard, pool, or lake, teach children to swim with an adult.
9. Enroll children in swim lessons when you feel they are ready
10. Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming.