Here Are A Few Summer Pool Safety Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe!
The weather finally feels like it's summer which means it's to catch some rays and some waves! Or at least make some waves by jumping into the pool.
I remember the best part about summer as a kid was hanging out at the pool with my friends and swimming the day away. I also remember all the safety rules my parents taught me about swimming and being around water and I think it is important to give a few safety tips as pool season comes around to keep your kids safe.
According to the CDC, drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4, and the #2 cause for kids 5 to 9. On top of that, the chances that they'll be involved in a drowning accident go way up during the summer. So, to help prevent anything like this from happening to your kid, here are a few pool tips!
1. Teach your kids how to swim. And if they're too young or don't know how to swim yet, have them wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
2. Never leave kids unattended in or near water. Designate an adult to supervise kids playing in the water. And that should be their only task . . . no reading, texting, or playing games on their phone. Although a phone should be close by in case they need to call for help.
3. Teach kids to stay away from drains. Kids' hair or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain or suction opening, which makes them dangerous even in shallow water.
4. If you have a pool, keep it maintained. Secure your pool with barriers and covers, and remove any ladders used for access if you can. And keep the water clear by maintaining proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration.
5. Learn CPR. Everyone in your house should take a class on water safety, first aid, and CPR. You can find classes at hospitals, community centers, or by contacting the Red Cross.