Summer is just round the corner and we’re all looking to make a splash in the water! But before you jump in, here is a quick list of 10 safety tips to have in mind, particularly if you have young ones.
- Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool never allow anyone underage to swim alone.
- Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
- Use non-slip materials on the pool deck, diving board and ladders.
- Don’t swallow pool water. In fact, try to avoid getting any pool water in your mouth.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet. You can protect others by being aware that germs on your body end up in the water.
- Watch out for the ‘dangerous too’s’ – too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur.
- Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
- Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal floatation devices) by the pool.
- Keep children off the main drain. The suction from the pump could trap them underwater.
- Don’t leave toys in the water. Toys can lure a child into the pool.
An afternoon by the pool should be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Follow these tips to ensure that everybody is safe around the pool!