3 Pool Safety Tips to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe
Posted on 05/27/2013
The smell of sunscreen, ice cream and chlorine is in the air. That can only mean one thing: it’s summer swimming season. But before you and your little munchkins jump in for a dip, we’ve got some startling statistics to share with you.
Drowning ranks 5th in the causes of unintentional deaths in the United States. Approximately 10 people die per day—and children under the age of 5 represent 75% of pool related deaths.
So in preparation for all of those trips to the community pool, take a look at our pool safety tips below to ensure that everyone is enjoying the pool in a fun, safe environment.
46% of kids drown while being watched by both parents at the pool. How is this possible? Distractions—cell phones, reading materials and other temptations will have to be resisted while watching your young one at the pool. When you’re on lifeguard duty for your child, be engaged and committed to watching them constantly.
Also never leave them unattended. If you need to use the restroom, grab something from the car or leave for any reason, insist that they get out of the pool and come with you. A child can drown in less than an inch of water in only 30 seconds—meaning even if you plan on being gone and back quickly, you could be putting your child at risk.
Don’t Rely on Floaties
Floaties are not equivalent to and should never be used as a substitution for supervision. They give parents and other pool goers a false sense of security for young kiddos in the water. However, floaties have a tendency to shift their weight, pop and be unreliable in a myriad of other ways. Use only Coast Guard approved flotation devices and be sure they fit your little swimmer properly, and be sure to still keep a watchful eye on them at all times.
Teach Them Safety
Arguably the best way to prepare kids for going to the pool is to teach them basic water safety. Make sure they know how to tread water, float on their backs and get to the edge of a pool and hang on before letting them get in the pool alone. Look into swimming lessons at gyms or community pools for proper instruction and preparation before those regular trips to the pool.
We’re all for letting your kids enjoy one of the greatest delights of childhood: splishing and splashing in the pool with pals. But you can help avoid the worry and anxiety that comes with taking little ones to the pool by being prepared with water safety knowledge.