Pool safety is one of the most essential concerns that people should take into consideration while on vacation. There are many accidents that have happened in or around pools, that sadly could have been prevented. It is important to learn these tips for pool safety; especially when you are with your little ones!
The most important tip for water safety is not to take your eyes off of your kids around and in the pool. Active supervision implies that children should be constantly watched by the adults present, and that they aren’t so far away that they can’t get to the child in the event of disaster. Too many people come to the pool, park on a deck chair, and go to sleep or play on a phone/tablet – trusting other people there to keep an eye on their children. They are your responsibility, and you’ll never forgive yourself if something happens to them. Sleep more at night, and text your besties later.
Spas or swimming pools on any private residential property typically are gated to prevent unauthorized access, but sometimes they aren’t. Make sure that your children know to never enter the water unless you are with them. However; these safety barriers do not serve as substitute for adult supervision! Some other important things to remember for maximum pool safety are the following:
- Take a CPR lesson. You could save someone’s life.
- Empty paddling pools whenever they are not being used.
- Empty basins, troughs, buckets, sinks and baths right after using.
- Keep children away from pool vents, pipes, and drains – they can easily become trapped.
- Familiarize kids with water through swimming lessons that are operated by accredited swim teachers.
- Apply sunscreen liberally and often. Children are constantly in and out of the water, which can cause sunscreen to wear away faster.
- Keep everyone hydrated. Playing and swimming causes you to sweat – which also means your body is losing water. Make sure there is plenty of water to drink.
- Do not allow anyone to run around the pool. As the ground around the pool gets wet, it becomes very easy to slip and fall. Someone could hit their head on the concrete, fall into the pool, or both!
Through application of these tips, you can ensure that you will have a safe and happy pool experience with your kids. At the end of the day, you’re the one ultimately responsible for your child’s safety. Don’t let your vacation wind up on the news.