There’s nothing more exciting than hitting the pool on a hot day. Teaching the youngest how to swim, watching your other children practice their cannon-balling skills and relaxing by the poolside with a good book.
Most families have happy pool-side memories to look back on as their kids grow. However, for others, their poolside memories are far from enjoyable. Every year thousands of people are rescued from domestic swimming pools and rushed to the emergency room, simply because they (or their parents) didn’t practice pool safety. Or in some cases, the pool wasn’t safe to be used by members of the public – click the link to speak to PI lawyers from Columbia if you or a family member has been injured in a swimming pool.
Here we’ll look at some pool safety tips that every family should follow.
Even if your children are proficient swimmers, you should always be vigilant and supervise them whilst they play in and around water. If you’re with other adults, avoid a lapse of concentration by taking it in turns to watch the children. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted whilst you’re supervising by the pool, that means don’t drink alcohol and avoid activities that prevent you from giving the children your full supervision, such as reading or scrolling through social media.
Swimming is a skill that all children should have. Knowing how to keep themselves afloat and not panic when they get into difficulty could give them a fighting chance and even save their life, so consider swimming lessons as soon as possible. You should also ensure your children are aware of water safety basics, such as not running by the pool, always jumping in feet first, never playing breath-holding games and never swimming alone.
Warn your children about the dangers of pool drains and filters. These devices can easily suck your children in either via their hair or swimming clothes and potentially hold them underwater. Make sure they’re aware of the dangers and advise them to swim safely away from these devices.
Do you know what drowning looks like? Your child is playing, right? Sadly, many parents don’t know what drowning looks like until it’s too late. Drowning doesn’t mean thrashing around and shouting for help, it’s often eerily silent. The victim has their head thrust back and can’t shout due to inhaling water as they panic to keep above the water. Hair covering their face and climbing movements are also signs that your child is in danger.
Pool toys and floats aren’t life-saving devices. They’re toys. So never think that having these items in the pool with your child will keep them safe. If your child has little water confidence or cannot swim, always let them swim with a genuine and appropriately fitted floatation device, such as a life jacket.
And finally: Save!
Knowing first aid could save a child’s life. So, get to grips with how to perform CPR and administer first aid. Keep your skills up to date and learn how to perform it on adults too!