Isn’t it a great feeling when the warmer weather hits? Everything seems so much better in the sunshine. We get to enjoy more time outdoors, head to the beach, enjoy a picnic in the park, and even go on vacation. One thing that warmer weather brings with it is our love affair with water and this is especially true for a pool owner.
Whether we’re chasing the kids around with the garden hose, playing in the paddling pool, taking a dip in the sea, or having fun at the local pool, there’s nothing better on a hot summers’ day than cooling off in the water.
However, our favorite summer pastime also has its dangers. Hundreds of deaths occur each year due to drowning with many victims being young children. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare – you should speak to a lawyer if your loved one suffered an accident in a public place – so what can be done?
Well, getting to grips with some simple water and pool safety should help you feel more prepared for a summer of fun. It’s also a good idea to discuss these safety tips with your children so they can play a part in their safety too. Read on for some tips on pool safety for kids.
Get your kids swimming lessons
Swimming is a life skill that all children should have. It can make a real difference in survival and gives them a chance if they get into difficulty. Experts recommend swimming lessons and confidence-building sessions from the age of 4 and up.
This one is for the parents. It’s tempting to sit and read a book, check your phone and even sunbathe whilst your kids play in the shallow end of the pool. The reality is that any child who is left unsupervised is at risk of drowning. You should always be vigilant and monitor your children around water. Take turns with your partner or another responsible adult you’re with to watch them.
Know the signs of drowning
Are they in trouble? Or are they just messing around? People who are drowning won’t always make a lot of noise and shout for help. Drowning is often very silent, they may have their arms above the water and look like they’re trying to climb a ladder. Is their hair in their face, covering their eyes? Do they have their head tilted back, gasping for air? Know the signs and stay vigilant.
Follow the rules
Pool rules are there for a reason. Make sure your children respect them!! No running, no diving or jumping and definitely no holding friend’s heads under the water. Rules are so important to help keep your kids safe no matter what they are doing.