Keeping Kids Safe Around Inflatable Pools

by Pool Builders on 07-10-2013 in Articles

As with any outdoor activity children should always be supervised at all times while around pools. Accidents happen but most could be prevented by being prepared and remembering a few key safety measures.

Any time spent around a pool either an inflatable one in your own backyard or your local swim club, there should always be a pool safety kit close by. That kit should include a first aid box, a charged cell phone, scissors, and a flotation device. First aid kits are always handy to have around and should include band aids, gauze, tape, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cream, cortisone cream, epi pen, aloe vera, and children's Tylenol. The scissors are important in case your child's hair were to get tangled in something under water or if you had to urgently deflate the pool. A flotation device speaks for its self and is always required near water.

Though safety kits are very important our actions as guardians is even more pertinent. Constant supervision is the #1 way to prevent kids from drowning. If you turn around and don't see your kids, always look inside the pool first. All adults in the house should be CPR certified; instead of being helpless you could be the difference between life and death.

Always keep areas around the pool clear and free of clutter to minimize the chance of someone falling in the pool. Running around the pool area is also dangerous; the ground will be wet and slippery. We know kids love to ride tricycles and bikes but near the pool it's not a good idea. It only increases the likely hood that someone will fall in. Teach your kids at an early age that pushing people in the water is not acceptable. Like the saying goes "It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt".

Everyone loves to have the radio blasting while playing in an inflatable pool but you should never bring electrical items close to the pool. Even though the water is in the pool the whole area around the pool is likely to be wet too.

It's a good idea to have everyone in the family take swim lessons. This can even be done as a group. There is no excuse for not knowing how to swim. This is particularly important if your kids are a few years old and playing in a larger inflatable pool more than a foot deep. At this point basic water safety skills are a must.

The water in your inflatable pool should be changed every day. This will help keep the pool water clean and clear. We recommend emptying and rinsing the pool at the end of each day. If you are going to be using it tomorrow you may leave it inflated if you like but it should be in safe place out of the sun. Deflating your pool daily or putting a cove on it is the best policy.

For kiddie pools you don't need to fill the pool more than a couple inches. Babies don't need deep water to have a good time. Shallow water is fine, and filling the pool can be just as fun for them. Babies love to put their hands under the running water.

Children's skin is very sensitive to the sun and it is a good idea to always lather your child up with sunscreen indoors before you come out to the inflatable pool. Putting the sunscreen on inside helps it have time to soak in to their skin, and should be at least SPF 30, higher can't hurt.

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