Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, children of all ages will feel the familiar lure of swimming pools. Pools are an excellent way for families to have fun and stay active, but they can be a dangerous place if safety is ignored. Here are some simple safety tips everyone should follow to ensure that a fun day at the pool does not turn into a deadly one.
- Never leave children unattended. Even if there are lifeguards present, parents and caregivers should always watch children when they are in or near the water. A lifeguard might not be able to see the entire pool or their view may be blocked. As such, when watching over children, it is important not to be distracted by reading, texting, or anything else that may take attention away from the children.
- Teach children to avoid drains. Swimming pool drains can be dangerous, especially if they are loose or are missing a drain cover. A child’s hair, limbs, or bathing suit may get stuck in the suction opening, causing severe injuries or death. Warn children not to go near them.
- Know how to perform CPR. Being able to perform CPR on both adults and children can help save a life. Bystanders are usually the first to aid victims of drowning, so possessing this skill may be critical. Additionally, once you are certified, be sure to keep it current.
- Establish and enforce rules. Rules are important to discourage children from engaging in unsafe behavior.
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