Cool Off and Stay Safe: Pool Safety Tips for Kids
by SSF | Last Updated Apr. 22nd, 2013
Spending time at the pool is a fantastic way to cool off during hot summers. Whether you love floating in your backyard pool, visiting a private pool, or paddling in a public pool, these five tips are for you. So pull off that pool cover and get ready to make a splash this warm season!
If you spend the better part of the day at the pool, you can get sunburned in no time. Without hydration, you’re at risk for heat stroke. Also, keep an eye on the people around you, especially babies, young children, and the elderly. Heatstroke, which occurs when a person can’t keep their body temperature down, is actually life-threatening.
Don’t ignore any of these symptoms when you’re soaking up the sun:
- Confusion, anxiety or restlessness
- Difficulty breathing
- Abnormally fast pulse
- Heavy, unusual sweating
- Red, hot and dry skin
Install Fences and Covers
Control access to your pool area to prevent a fatal accident. Unattended children or pets with access to open water can quickly get into trouble. Pool fences are actually a legal requirement in most states. Fences should be at least 5 feet tall with no more than 4-inch gaps. Gates should always self-close and latches must be beyond the reach of children. Keep the gate closed and locked when the pool is not in use. Safety covers should be installed by a professional and fully secured when in use. Including a spa cover to your preventative pool safety plan isn’t a bad idea either. Covers and thermals can also help regulate pool or spa temperatures.
Supervise Pools & Swimmers
Professional lifeguards typically monitor public pools. Parents, however, should never take their eyes off young children who swim and play around a swimming pool. Also, public pools during the summer get crowded. In a single moment, your child could disappear with a stranger. So lock eyes on your children to prevent the unimaginable. At residential pools, an adult should always supervise a pool party. If your son or daughter has friends over to swim, their safety is your top responsibility.
Law of the Land
Follow the rules! Look for rules and regulations and make sure that your little ones understand them thoroughly every time you hit the pool. Setting boundaries for safe poolside playing and swimming goes a long way toward preventing accidents.
Before you jump in for an afternoon of swimming, locate the rescue flotation device, such as a life ring or rescue tube. Throw these to someone in distress or to aid you while helping someone during an emergency. Also, make sure to have a cell phone handy in case a call needs to be made for help. Look for a call box or even have a whistle on hand for attracting attention in a large crowd. Remember, kids tend to make noise while they are swimming and unusual silence is a sign of danger. Knowing CPR and other first-aid techniques could save a life. It only takes one class to learn the basics!