How to Keep Your Kids Safe Around Water

August 21, 2017

in Health,Lifestyle

Pools are a great way to increase your property value, stay cool during the hot summer months and have a great time with your family. But pools also are dangerous, especially for kids. It doesn't take much time or water for kids to drown or get hurt around the pool. To keep your kids safe, consider the following tips.

Educate Yourself and Your Family

The first thing you should do to keep your family safe is to understand the risks and how to prevent them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die every day from unintentional drownings. About one in five of those people are children, and another five kids receive emergency department care for injuries. Make sure everyone in your family understands just how serious this problem is and that drowning and injuries can happen quickly.

Have everyone in your family take swimming lessons so they are confident in the water. This will help them get to safety and stay calm if they accidentally fall in the pool. You also should take CPR classes so you know what to do in the case of an emergency because every second counts.

Put Up Obstacles

Your next step should be to put up several obstacles between your home and pool. Install a fence that is at least five feet tall that surrounds all four sides of your pool. It should close and latch automatically, and it should open outward. Make sure there aren't ways that your kids can climb over the fence, go under the fence or get through the fence.

You also should have an alarm on all doors and windows that lead out to the pool as well as on the fence. Parents.com suggests buying a floating alarm that goes off if the water is disturbed. If you have a home security system, set up a camera in your backyard and in the pool area so you can make sure your kids are not near the water when you're not with them.

Be Present

The best way to make sure your kids are safe around water is to be within arm's reach at all times. You should not let your kids swim by themselves or leave them under the supervision of an older child. Even if a lifeguard or other parents are around, you should keep a close eye on your kids to make sure they are safe. If something does go wrong, you should be close enough to find your child and get them to safety. Even when you're not actively swimming, make sure you know where your kids are because water accidents tend to happen when parents don't know their kids are near the pool.

Have the Right Equipment

Once your family is prepared and educated on pool safety, make sure the pool itself is safe to use. Be sure to maintain the proper chemical levels and cleaning schedule. If you have chlorine floats or other chemical items, make sure they don't look like toys to your younger kids. You don't want them to be tempted to get through the gate to play with a toy. You also should store all chemicals in a place where your kids can't reach so they don't accidentally ingest something hazardous. Finally, make sure you have at least two drains that have anti-entrapment covers. This will help prevent your kids' hair or bathing suits from getting caught in the drain.

 

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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