May 11, 2016
The Pool Safety Tips You Need To Read For Your Kids
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard for your family to enjoy, then you’re probably wondering how to secure it as best as possible to avoid any unfortunate accidents.
Before we begin talking about equipment, let’s start off by stating the most important pool safety tip of all:
Don’t leave kids by the pool unattended.
It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re good swimmers; anything can happen in the blink of an eye, so it’s best to make sure you’re always able to have a clear view of the pool.
Now, let’s get these tips rolling:
1. Discourage diving
Yes, children are taught to dive in pools that adults would consider shallow, but what they are not taught is that as they continue to grow, so to do the dangers of diving into the same shallow levels of water.
2. Don’t allow swimming and drinking
Depending on where you live, your teens may be drinking as young as 18 years old. As they and their friends meet the legal drinking age, they may begin to host alcohol infused pool parties, which unfortunately increases the dangers they face. So much so, in fact, that drinking is actually the biggest reason for diving related injuries – some of which permanently paralyze victims.
3. Invest in a pool gate
The moment you decide you’d like to build a pool in your backyard should also be the moment you consider the sort of gate you’d like to close it off with. Every now and again you might open your backdoor to increase airflow and cool down your home.
This gives younger children the opportunity to sneak out back either to retrieve a toy they may have forgotten or simply to wander around. Unfortunately, curious young children aren’t as risk adverse as adults and may slip or walk straight into your pool and drown.
Installing pool gates is a legal obligation in many cities due to high numbers of children drowning in un-fenced pools, so take a cue from statistics and take a preventative stance on pool safety.
4. Sign your kids up for swimming lessons as early as possible
The sooner your kids get comfortable swimming, the better they’ll be and the less you’ll have to worry about them.
5. Buy a pool cover
Investing in a good cover for your pool is as important as investing in a gate. You need a second layer of security in case the pool gate is left open by accident. There are three main types of pool covers: tarps, mesh, and automatic.
Automatic covers are the most expensive, because they guarantee that no one can fall through them – which is worth the extra cost if you ask me.
Do you have any more tips you’d like to add? Feel free to share them in the comments below!