Pool, ponds, lakes, and beaches all offer a great opportunity for family bonding and recreation, but they can also pose risks especially to kids, if you don’t take the proper precautions. According to statistics, nearly 1,000 kids die each year because of drowning—most cases occur in home swimming pools. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5-24.
Follow these safety precautions to ensure pool safety and have your kids make the most of the coming summer:
Keep an Eye on Your Kids All the Time
Kids need supervision whenever they’re around water—whether in a bathtub, fish pond, above ground or in ground fiberglass pools at home, or at the beach. Young children are especially vulnerable, as they can drown even in very shallow water. This means that sinks, fountains, inflatable pools, buckets of water, or small bodies of standing water around your home pose a risk of drowning to your little ones as well. Keep a close eye on them whenever they’re in or near water.
Learn How to Swim
If you’re not good at swimming, it’s time to learn. Check with your local recreation center or swimming school for classes taught by qualified instructors. Teach your kids how to swim at an early age, ideally at 4 years old, when they’re developmentally able to learn the skills to stay afloat.
Don’t assume that children who know how to swim aren’t at risk of drowning. You still need to supervise them at the pool regardless of their swimming skill levels.
Invest in Floatation Devices
Invest in Coast Guard-approved floatation devices and use them whenever your kids are near water. Make sure they fit properly, though. Check the size and weight recommendations on the label and have your children try them on to make sure they fit perfectly. Choose a vest with head support and a strap between the legs for kids younger than five years old. The head support will keep your child’s head up, out of the water.
Follow the proper safety guidelines to keep your kids safe in the water. Work with companies like Viking Pools for safety pool installation, and visit the website of the Pool Safety Council and Safe Kids Worldwide for more tips and advice.Read More