Water Safety Tips for Children
Children of all ages love to play in the water. Often when they see the pool, they want to charge ahead and begin splashing immediately. They may not fully understand how to be safe around the water, however. Just like some of the other water safety issues we have discussed during this National Water Safety Month, education and advanced planning can help ensure that a visit to the pool is both safe and fun. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for having little ones at your pool this season.
- ALWAYS supervise children when they are in or around your pool or any water environment, no matter what skills your child has acquired and no matter how shallow the water.
- Don't assume young children will use good judgment and caution around the water. Children must be constantly reminded to walk slowly in the pool area and only to enter the water with you.
- Never use flotation devices or inflatable toys to replace parental supervision.
- Do not use air-filled swimming aids as a substitute for approved life vests.
- Don't leave toys in the water. Toys can lure a child into the pool.
- Parents and anyone supervising children should know Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. Post CPR instructions in your pool area.
- Enroll your children in a water safety course and/or swimming classes.
- Do not allow children to eat or chew gum while in the water.
- Install physical barriers around your pool and spa to prevent access by young children.
- After you are done swimming, secure the pool so children can’t enter.
I hope these safety tips are helpful as you plan for children to visit your pool this season. We would love to hear from you! What are some of the safety measures you take for the children who swim in your pool? Please tell us by leaving a comment below.