Summertime means being poolside as much as possible, especially on those extremely hot days. Whether you have a swimming pool in your backyard or enjoy using the local community pool, it’s always important to make sure safety is a top priority. Check out our safety tips to ensure you and your little ones stay safe.
Tip 1: Teach your kids how to swim before diving in. Enroll children in an age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses from the Red Cross or a local swim instructor. Taking a registered course will ensure kids know how to swim properly.
Tip 2: It sounds obvious, but keep children under constant supervision at all times. If possible, try to stay within arm’s reach of kids. Utilize the buddy system and never let anyone swim alone. If necessary, have younger or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Tip 3: Establish some ground rules for children and teens based on each person’s ability. Set certain ground rules such as no diving in shallow water, no wearing loose/dangling items and limit how much time is spent in the water.
Tip 4: Know how to recognize and react in an emergency situation. Enrolling in a water safety, first aid and CPR course provides invaluable skills that could save a life one day.
Tip 5: Create a pool safety toolkit to have on hand when emergencies arise. From minor slips on the pool deck to a full-blown crisis, the tips found in your pool safety kit can help.
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