Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in Swimming Pools
Having a backyard pool is a great way to unwind and relax with loved ones in summer sun. A pool in the yard is a dream for many families, but with such luxury comes great responsibility. The American Red Cross estimates that more than 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools every year – which is a terrifying statistic for any parent. To help keep your children safe when swimming this season, consider these tips.
Secure the pool when not in use. It’s a wise idea to completely surround your pool with a fence or barrier that stands at least four feet tall and has a self-latching gate. This will help prevent children from swimming unsupervised.
Watch children at all times. Turning your back on swimming children for just a second can be a disaster. Always try to stay within arm’s reach of young kids, and consider keeping inexperienced and young swimmers in a life jacket. During gatherings like barbecues, designate a responsible adult to exclusively keep an eye on swimmers.
Establish rules. Have a family meeting to create some easy pool safety rules and ensure that your visitors are made aware of them, too. Post your family pool rules in a visible location as an easy way to remind swimmers.
Never swim alone. Even seasoned swimmers can have emergencies. Avoid swimming alone.
Consider lessons. Ensure that everyone in the family knows how to swim, enrolling them in swimming lessons if necessary. It’s also a great idea to make sure everyone knows how to respond to pool emergencies by having the correct safety equipment always on hand and by taking first aid courses.
Keep your pool clean. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration. Regular tests of your backyard pool’s chemical levels lower the risk of rashes, earaches, and more serious diseases.
At Sparking Clear Pool Service, we understand what it takes to keep a pool clean, sanitary, and well-maintained. Be sure to contact us on 214-361-0255 for all of your pool maintenance needs in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, and beyond!