Kids love pools. They provide recreation, refreshment and hours of fun and entertainment during the hot summer months. But before you let your kids splash around in the pool, you should be aware of some basic safety measures to make sure they stay safe while having fun in and around the pool.
1. Never leave your kids alone in or around the pool
Keep in mind that a minute can make a difference between life and death, so never leave your kids alone even for a minute. Ideally, they should always be within your arms' reach in order for you to be able to react immediately, if some mishap were to happen. If you have to leave or let them out of your eyesight for any reason, make sure there is another adult supervising your kids before you do so.
2. Child-proof your backyard pool when not in use
If you have a pool in your backyard, don't let your kids near it when not in use. Better still, prevent access by installing a wall or fence or safety gate.
3. Take your kids to public pools with trained lifeguards
The more the people using a public pool, the greater the risk of accidents. For that reason it is of key importance to use only public pools that are supervised by professional lifeguards with training in water rescue and CPR.
4. Ensure your kids know the pool safety basics
Talk to your kids about risky behaviour in and around a pool and ensure they understand the dangerous consequences. Examples include diving into the shallow end, holding their breath underwater and running around the pool, to mention just a few.
5. Protect your kids from the sun
Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 20 about 30 minutes before going outside, including on cloudy days. When the sun rays are the strongest (10am to 4pm), it is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight, so you should at least limit the time spent in the pool during that time of the day.
6. Make sure your kids are well hydrated. While enjoying the pool, kids tend to forget to eat and drink. To make sure they stay hydrated (especially if out in the sun), keep offering them sips of water and poolside snacks. Another good idea is to use a floating spa bar which will enable your kids to snack without the need to leave the water.
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