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Child Pool Safety

Child pool safety must be at the top of every parent's mind when their children are engaging in daily swimming pool activities. When the temperatures rise and heat waves become a daily norm, the lure of an open pool with crisp cool waters is almost intoxicating.

With children particularly, a jump or dip into the nearest body of open water becomes a daily past-time in the long, lazy, hazy days of summer.

While it is fun to watch our water babies enjoy themselves in the swimming pool or at the beach, water safety becomes a paramount responsibility for parents.

It is not simply child pool safety we need to pay heed to, any water activity be that in a swimming pool, at the beach, or when vacationing by the lake carries with it potential water hazards that could endanger our child’s health, or worse, their life.

Every summer headlines scream at least half a dozen times about the latest water tragedy or accidental death by drowning in our youngest citizens.

A fatal drowning can occur within seconds of being submerged under water. A child will lose their consciousness within two minutes, and after four minutes will experience brain damage that is irreversible.

Most children that require CPR after falling into water will die shortly after rescue, or be sadly left with brain injuries that are irreversible.

The sad thing is, these tragedies can be avoided. Here you will learn some safety tips that you as parents can implement to keep your child’s pool safety maximized at all times.

Your neighbors swimming pool...

Some cases of child drownings will occur in a pool of a neighbor’s house who may not even have children.

Many people do not realize even that more drownings occur in these situations, because childless neighbors take less precautions when it comes to water safety as generally more adults are using the pool than not.

Without children in the home, child pool safety does not occur at the pool setting, and this increases the risk of water hazards to your child.

If your child is using a neighbor’s pool on a regular basis, it is your responsibility, not your neighbors, to ensure your child is safe and supervised at all times.

On the other hand, if you are a pool owner without children who frequently hosts neighborhood swim parties for kids, it is your moral obligation to ensure the necessary precautions are taken to maximize child pool safety.

In fact, many states hold legal obligations to ANY pool owners to ensure children, whether habitants of the home or not, will be safe at all times.

The facts on child pool safety devices.

When it comes to child pool safety, there are a few myths out there that should be debunked immediately.

The first one is that safety precautions that are used every day are not always the most effective.

Some homeowners become lax in their safety precautions, thinking that, if they have a lock on their outdoor gate and a fenced in pool, they are taking enough precautions.

This is not the case. These precautions will definitely help to prevent as many as 50% or more deaths caused by drowning, but if locks are faulty, or the fence can be scaled by a bigger child, these precautions are essentially useless.

Ensure your safety precautions are well maintained, and effective to keep ANY unwanted person, adult or child, out of your pool.

Child Pool safety covers or pool safety nets are another water safety myth that, if not maintained, can lead to tragedy.

These tools are marketed for the purpose of keeping our families safe, and if they are not used or maintained properly, the investment into safety has been wasted.

It only takes one time of misuse to cause an accident. As the days of summer stretch lazily and long, it is so easy to let yourself leave the pool safety cover off ‘this one time’ thus exposing your pool and children to danger.

Further, many kids think the swimming pool covers look fun to walk on, and if no one is around, they’ll give it a whirl if they think they can get away with it.

If your swimming pool cover or pool safety net is not properly attached or has the potential to break, it will weigh any child down. This will make rescuing the child difficult if not impossible.

Even children that will otherwise be excellent swimmers will be weighed down by the swimming pool cover and lose their life to drowning.

Child Pool safety alarms are one way to prevent accidental drownings in any pool, and they are becoming increasingly popular amongst the safety conscious.

A pool alarm system will offer a sound degree of protection against any accidental drownings by providing homeowners and even neighbors alarm sounds if a child should accidentally fall into a pool.

Pool safety alarms will allow children to be rescued by an adult before death or brain injury can occur.

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Child pool safety tips and guidelines.

It is not enough to simply be cautious when your children are using swimming pools. You need to be alert and in constant supervision at all times when your child is enjoying summertime water fun.

If you are not able to be there, it is your obligation to ensure your child is left with, or is in the supervision of qualified and capable adults that you can trust your child with.

Here are some basic guidelines and tips that should not be taken casually when it comes to child pool safety:

  • All children engaging in water activities must be supervised at all times. This means, adult eyes and ears must always be on children that are actively engaging in water play.
  • At a beach, lake, or pond setting, do not allow your children to stray farther than your eyesight. There is no age limit here, you know your children and know what responsibilities they are capable of. Teenaged children are safer to go off on their own, but young children should be well aware of the rule that they are never to leave mommy or daddy’s line of vision.
  • As an adult, if your child is engaging in pool or water play, you yourself should know how to swim. Particularly if you are the only one capable of watching your child play in the pool. If you can’t swim, you won’t be able to save your child if an accident occurs. Likewise, if you are leaving your child with a friend or neighbor, do not allow water play unless you know that adult is also able to swim proficiently.
  • Set down standard pool safety rules and instill consequences if they are not followed. This means no running around or near the pool, no pushing or aggressive play around or near the pool, and no eating in the pool. Wet environments are slips, accidents, and tragedies waiting to happen.
  • Sound hygiene and sound health are also essential child pool safety concerns. You not only want to prevent accidents and drowning, but you also want to prevent the spread of contagious disease. Open wounds should not be allowed in any pool, and clean bodies should be mandatory in any pool. Any person entering a pool that has not washed their hands after using the toilet will have just contaminated the entire pool with the possible spread of E coli. Protect your children from this.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs around the pool when you are monitoring children in the pool. These will impair your judgment and also slow your response time if emergent assistance is required.
  • Life jackets or floaters should be used on children that are younger than three years of age, and they should also be in stock and readily available at every pool regardless of the ages of the youth using it. You never know when you will need to toss one out to someone in need.
  • Emergency phone numbers should be posted by the telephone that is closest to the pool.
  • Pool or outdoor toys should not be left near a fence that is surrounding a pool. Even if it is your neighbor’s pool, do not allow larger toys or furniture near the fence as this makes for an easy ladder for anyone wishing to scale the fence.
These child pool safety tips are simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping our children safe and preventing accidental deaths or brain injury from drowning.

Another issue to consider is that if you own your own pool, no matter where you live or how big your pool is, pool safety is imperative year round.

It goes without saying that if your child is using a pool or engaging in water safety, a little common sense goes a long way.

If something doesn’t feel right, sound right, or seem right, it probably isn’t. Your parental instinct is your best weapon towards protecting your children.

Invest the time and the money now to maximize child pool safety year round and to give both you, and anyone in your neighborhood the peace of mind that you are a responsible parent, and responsible home owner.

Related topics and resources:

Child Pool Safety Fence Buying Tips

Child Pool Safety Swimming Tips

Infant CPR Instructions

Child Summer Safety

Childrens Water Safety

Water Safety Coloring Pages

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