With summer about to get into full swing, many homes and families are going to be opening their pools and getting out into the sun. However, for families with small children, this time can be just as nerve-wracking as it is relaxing. So to help ensure that you and your family can actually enjoy your time spent outdoors without having to worry about everyone’s life, here are three tips for keeping your kids safe at your family pool.
Conduct Active Supervision
Just being there while your kids are playing outside isn’t necessarily enough to keep them safe. To make their safety your number one priority, SafeKids.org advises that you practice active supervision. To do this, there should be at least one adult that is solely focused on watching the kids swim with no other distractions. When there are multiple adults around, you may just assume that someone else is going to take on this responsibility. But to keep the children as safe as possible, there should be one person assigned as the active supervisor. This can be changed around, but the responsibility should always be given to at least one person.
Install A Gate Around The Pool
If your property is larger than the area just around your pool, you’re going to want to make it so children can’t easily fall in either through a choice of their own or by accident. To keep this from happening, KidsHealth.org advises that you have a gate installed around your pool. This gate should be tall enough that your kids can’t jump over it easily. Additionally, you should state rules about going through the gate, like that no one can go through the gate without an adult present. If your children are older, a safe rule might be that no one is allowed to go through the gate and swim on their own.
Keep Things Clean
To keep your pool as safe as it can be for your children and others to swim in it, it needs to be kept clean and well maintained. This means that not only should you keep the physical parts of your pool clean, like the liner and filtration system, but you also need to ensure that the water is always clean. According to the Red Cross, not having safe water in your pool with proper chemical levels could result in the swimmers getting things like earaches, rashes, or other more serious problems that could develop over time.
If you have a pool at your home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you keep your children and all other swimmer safe all summer long.