Summer is here, and the kids have one thing on their mind—> the pool. With the kids out of school, the best way to beat the summer heat involves some safety precautions. Did you know that over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year? We’ve got a few safety tips for you:
- Take your children to swimming lessons to learn how to swim. Swimming lessons are usually available for most children 4 years and older, and are available at the YMCA, Red Cross, and other gyms/clinics. This is a great activity to do in the winter!
- Give your children your full 100% attention. Don’t sit there tanning while reading Cosmo, be in the pool with them.
- Remember that swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used in place of life jacket if one is needed.
- We were all kids once, and most of us learned lessons the hard way. Make it clear to your kids not to dive in shallow areas, that there are sections that are deeper and those sections are reserved for older and experienced swimmers.
- As a parent, you should never assume or rely on someone else for CPR (including a lifeguard) before you even take your kids to the pool or any large body of water, you should get trained on how to do CPR correctly. You can usually take these safety courses at a local hospital or clinic.
- Never have electrical appliances near the pool- If you want to bring a radio, pull up Pandora on your phone or find something that is battery powered.
- APARTMENTS: Make sure the apartment pool has a fence with a child proof gate. If there is an issue with the gate, let your landlord know immediately.
- HOUSES: If you’re renting (or own) a home that has an in-ground pool, make sure there is either a fence around the pool or an alarm on the door. If there isn’t that basic safety precaution, ask your landlord to install it.
C.A.B. Group wants you to have a fun, yet safe, summer! Too many children get hurt at pools, and we don’t want that to happen to anyone that we know.