5 Tips to Swimming Pool Safety for Children

by Pool Builders on 02-17-2014 in Articles

Yes, it brings fun and excitement for the young (and even to those who are young at heart), but that does not mean swimming pool safety should not be your priority. Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of mortality among children is accidental drowning in pools. It is essential for parents to be on guard about their kids' safety and security whenever they are having fun in the swimming pool.

Below, we share with you 5 practical tips to help you ensure that your children are safe when they use the pool.

One, make sure that there is a lifeguard on patrol. Especially for swimming pools in clubs, private resorts and even in schools during Physical Ed class, it is important that children are supervised by an expert who knows what to do when there is a suspected case of drowning. If a lifeguard is not present, at least make sure that you are there watching over your kids as they play in the pool. A parent such as yourself should know what to do in case the unfortunate happens.

Second, regardless if the pool is small, it does not mean that risks to your child's safety is not present. Safety risks in large swimming pools are the same as in small ones. Further, it does not mean that your child is already safe if he or she is higher than the pool's height. A hot tub may be small, but be sure to be on parent patrol too if your child chooses to dip inside. It should have safety pool covers and fences like large swimming pools do.

Third, be cautious of swimming pools that have visible pipes or uncovered drains. This can lead to sudden deaths similar to the case of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool, a 7-year old girl who drowned because she got trapped by the drain at the bottom of the pool. Swimming pool-related deaths can be best avoided by complying with safety standards.

Fourth, teach kids how to swim. This is probably the most practical tip when it comes to swimming pool safety. Just as much as we want to be there for our children, watching every move they make as they splash in the swimming pool and play with their friends, we have to admit that we cannot be on parent patrol consistently 101% of the time. The best way to make sure that children do not drown is to equip them with the skill to save themselves. Swimming classes are usually offered in schools and taught by professional swimmers who know what they are doing and know what to do when a child suddenly seems to be in distress. Learning how to swim too as a parent is a good thought to think about as well.

And lastly, and as mentioned briefly earlier, an essential step in pool safety is the installation of safety pool covers and fences. Have the appropriate barriers present. There are contractors who build, sell and install 4-feet or 5-feet high fences and self-closing gates aside from manual and automatic pool covers. Install ladders and steps too for easier access.

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