Take Precautions To Help Keep Kids Safe In The Pool

Take Precautions To Help Keep Kids Safe In The Pool

Close supervision is vital to keep children safe when they are swimming or playing around in the water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury and death among American children ages 1 to 4. This can happen in as little as two inches of water. Talk to your children about the dangers of swimming. They are kids and they are still going to play, but making them aware of possible dangers will be in the back of their minds. Even though they are having fun, they will be aware of the precautions.

The single most important thing to do is to never take your eyes off the children who are in the pool. Not even for a few seconds. Nine out of ten drowning deaths occur when a caregiver is supervising the child, but not paying close attention. If you are with a group of people or at a party, you should assign one person to supervise the children. Switching the person who is watching them every 20 minutes to keep a fresh set of eyes on them.

It is very important to keep an eye on children and especially the toddlers when they are around any kind of water. Such as small kiddie pools, toilets, buckets of water when washing the car and of course the swimming pool. Even if there is a lifeguard on duty and present, never take for granted that he or she will always be keeping track of your children at all times. It is also a real good idea to keep a cell phone near the pool in case of an emergency. If you have a swimming pool, install complete four-sided isolation fencing around the swimming pool. It can prevent 50 percent to 90 percent of children drownings or near drownings. Have the children take a 15 minute break from the swimming pool to avoid cramping. It is also a good idea to get safety covers for pools, whirlpools and spa tubs. You can also use a toilet seat lock if you have an infant or toddler.

In conclusion, there are also some floatation devices that you can pick up at your local pool store for cheap. Such floatation devices like arm floats, life vests and rafts. Also be sure that the children do not walk on the rails of the swimming pool. These rails will get extremely slippery when wet. Slipping off these rails could lead to a serious head injury.

Source by Scott Constable

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