The temperatures are getting hotter every day, and many are spending time in their backyard pool to cool off. It’s a great way to stay cool and get some exercise, but it is also important to remember some key safety tips to make sure your time at the pool is a fun day with no mishaps. Take a look at some of the things you can do to protect your family in and around the water.
It may not seem like a big deal, but keep your child covered in sunscreen will help protect them from potential health issues down the road. And more immediately, from the pain of sunburn and even sun poisoning. Check the brand you use for their recommendations on how often you should apply it for optimal efficiency.
If you have children in or around the pool, you or another adult should be in charge of keeping an eye on them at all times. Infants and toddlers should be within reach. If for any reason you need to walk away, bring your child with you or ask another adult to take over. Accidents can happen quickly, so keep the little ones looked after the entire time.
You can begin teaching pool and water safety to your children from a young age. Let them know your expectations and rules regarding the pool and explain the dangers of unsupervised trips to the water. You should also make sure your children know how to swim and know what to do if they become fatigued in the water and need to rest. If you feel more comfortable having a professional teach them, you can often find group classes year-round to enroll them in.
USE FLOTATION DEVICES
If your child does not know how to swim or cannot swim very strongly, use proper flotation devices. Some may tell their child to stay in the shallow end and allow them to swim without flotation, which is fine if you are right there and you are watching. But if you plan to go chat with your friend, put the child in floaties and watch to make sure he doesn’t struggle in the water.
SECURE THE AREA
If you have a backyard pool and young children, it is a particularly good idea to have the pool gated off so they cannot wander in on their own. You can even invest in a pool alarm system that lets you know if someone has gotten into the pool.
Learn CPR by finding a nearby class. This is an important skill that everyone should acquire, but it is especially important if you have children. Classes are generally very affordable, and some will give you a certification. If an accident were to occur, you would be the first responder while waiting for help. This could save a life!
Swimming is great fun for the whole family! We hope these reminders will help you have a safe and cool summer. Don’t forget to give Zippy Shell a call at 888-947-7974 when you are ready to schedule your local or long-distance move. We are here and ready to help!