In our final post in this series (see Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4), we’ll discuss some more practical principles you can teach kids to help ensure that they stay safer in and around the pool.
Stay Away from Pool Drains & Filters
Due to their powerful suction of the surrounding water, drains or filters, particularly in older pools, can be a drowning hazard. This suction can draw in little children’s fingers, toes, and limbs as well as long hair, loose clothing, and other objects. Children should be cautioned to avoid playing around these devices. Checking your pool’s drains and filters to make sure they adhere to current safety regulations is also a good idea. If they don’t, you ought to consult with your local pool maintenance provider regarding upgrading them to safer alternatives.
Safely Utilize Pool Accessories
Make sure youngsters know how to utilize diving boards and water slides safely if your pool has them or if you’re swimming at a public pool which offers them. Children should, for instance, always stay seated on the slide, descend it one at a time, and swiftly clear the area beneath it so that others can then slide down. Before allowing youngsters to ride a water slide, make sure they are within any height or weight restrictions.
Children should only use a diving board if they can swim safely to the side of the pool after jumping or diving off of it. A child shouldn’t use the diving board if they aren’t strong enough swimmers to use the deep end. A child should swim to the side of the pool as soon as they jump off so that others can utilize the diving board after them. Keep kids who are swimming and playing away from the area when the diving board is in use so they don’t obstruct the divers.
Keep Safety Constantly in Mind Whenever You Play
While they play, teach children to be always aware of water safety. Keep them from fighting in the pool. Games like “chicken” or “breath-holding” can lead to accidents like drowning or injury. Remind them not to hold or submerge other kids. Additionally, excessive splashing should be avoided, because it might make the deck much more slippery and wet than it already is. For kids who don’t have excellent swimming skills, it could also result in breathing or swimming issues. Remind children that they must treat people with respect at all times when they are in the pool.
The time you spend with friends and family in your backyard oasis or at the local community pool should be a joyful experience for everyone involved. The more you try to remind your kids about the pool rules and set a good example for them by swimming safely, the more likely it is that they will abide by them. You can significantly lower the chance of drowning or other pool-related accidents and injuries by teaching kids these crucial safety precautions, ensuring they are prepared to swim properly, providing responsible adult supervision, and being CPR-certified. Swimming can be most enjoyable for families with children when it is done safely.
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