7 Tips to Keep your Kids Safe in Kiddie Pool
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children between the ages of 1 to 4 have the highest rate of fatal drowning in swimming pools and there are about 800 children that are drowned every year. It may be hard to admit, but poor or lack of supervision is mostly the reason for it. That is why parents should always be mindful of the safety precautions whenever they are in a swimming pool, may it be a backyard or public pool.
Kids really have that excitement and enjoyment feeling whenever they are in the water that is why parents usually buy kiddie pools so they can have an access to water anytime. Having said the facts about drowning, parents shouldn’t deprive their kids of this fun activity.
8 Safety Tips for Your Kids
1. Do not leave your kids out of reach
This means not only staying in a nearby area but it is keeping a close watch and a hand’s reach with your child. Toddlers are not yet fully aware of the danger around them and they tend to move very quickly. Lots of things can happen in the water in a minute or two and you wouldn’t want anything bad to happen just because you got so busy chatting with other people or doing other stuff. This applies even if your child has floaters on.
2. Common air-filled floatation device is not that safe.
Air floaties, inner tubes, and noodles are actually proven not be safe. It may get small holes anytime and starts to lose its air slowly without even being noticed.
3. Remove any floating toys when not in use.
4. Always drain and clean your inflatables every after use.
Make sure that the pool is really empty and do not leave it somewhere where it can accumulate water, especially rainwater. Children tend to sneak out and play whenever their parents are not around or sleeping, so if you fail to drown the pool, your kids might not be safe enough from drowning.
5. If in any case, an emergency happened, be prepared enough.
Perform first-aid, CPR, which you should know by now because you must be ready for any kind of emergency and immediately call emergency hotline numbers.
In addition to this, here are more tips that are non-related to drowning:
6. Protect your kids from the sun by using sunscreen or placing the pool in the shaded area.
7. Make sure that the water is not too cold or too hot.
Swimming is surely a great and fun activity for the whole family but having kids, especially toddlers, on your family needs a lot of provisions in mind as safety should always be a top priority more than anything else.
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