How to Keep Your Kids Safe at the Pool
This is a guest post by Lillian Sanders, a creative writer from Florida. She works closely with drug rehab programs helping people struggling with addiction.
Kids are attracted to pools. They are popular places to entertain children during the warmer months, but they can also be dangerous places. Safety should be a top priority when children are the proximity of a pool. Pools have many dangers, some are more obvious than others. Here are a few tips to protect your child while at the pool.
The pH levels of the pool should be within the recommended range. A pH level that is too low or too high can cause skin irritations, red eyes and pool sanitation problems. Use a pool chemical test kit to check the pH levels in the pool. The normal pH range is between 7.2 and 7.4.
Children should be supervised at all times when they are in the pool. Take everything you might need to the pool. This will prevent needing to leave the children unattended. Make sure to keep a cell phone close. If an emergency should arise, having a phone available could save someone’s life.
Objects that are in and around the pool create safety risks. Do not store pool equipment in the pool area. Kids can easily trip over them. Do not keep glass bottles or cups in the pool area. Broken glass can be difficult to see and clean up. Small children love their toys. Remove any toys that are not in use from the bottom of the pool. A child may accidentally fall in the pool while attempting to retrieve their favorite toy.
Children should be taught pool etiquette at a young age. Explain to them how they are to behave at the pool. The rules should include things like not running around the pool. They should also be taught to never enter a pool without supervision.
The sun may not be an obvious threat, but is something that should be considered. The majority of all sun damage to skin occurs before the age of 20. Make sure your child’s skin is protected with waterproof sunscreen. Using waterproof sunscreen does not washing off in the pool. Also, remember to reapply the sunscreen periodically.
Teach your child to swim. A familiarity with the pool and swimming knowledge helps prevent drowning. You can teach your child how to swim or enroll them in swimming classes. The more knowledge they have about swimming the more comfortable they will be in a pool. This will prevent your child from becoming upset if someone splashes them with water.
Every year children are injured as result of accidents that occur at the swimming pool. It is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure your child’s safety. Following these safety tips will ensure that your child has a fun and safe time at the pool.