Pool Safety For Children

by Pool Builders on 09-14-2009 in Articles

If you have children around swimming pools, pool safety for children is something you absolutely must teach them.. No matter the age of your children you should teach all of them the importance of following safety procedures regarding your swimming pool, a neighbor's swimming pool or just a community swimming pool. Pools can be great fun for children of all ages but they can also be dangerous if children don't know how to behave or react within the waters of a pool.

Toddlers and Preschool aged Children

If your child is a toddler or a preschool aged child there are aspects about the pool that you can teach him/her that he/she will understand. Let your child know that he is never allowed to be in the pool without you, your spouse or an older child that is a strong swimmer. Make sure your child of this age knows that it is never advisable to run around a pool, whether there's water on the ground or not.

Elementary aged Children

This is the best age to start educating your child about how to swim so they are better able to combat the water if an accident happens. Even if your child at this age can swim, you should always make sure they know they are to be near an adult at all times in the swimming pool. Reinforce the rule about not running around a pool because children at this age love to run.

This is also a great age to teach children how they should react if an accident should occur in a swimming pool. Make sure your child knows where to swim to if he falls into the swimming pool when there isn't an adult around. Make sure your child knows this isn't a game, but have him practice "falling" into the pool and then swimming to an edge or ladder where he can lift his head above water.

Teenagers

Accidents aren't limited to just younger children. Teenagers should usually be able to swim alone, though they should always swim with someone at least near in case something does happen. There are actions you can take in order to keep your teenager safe like making sure the filter covers are always secure and that you or another adult can always hear your teenager in the swimming pool.

No matter what level of a swimmer your child is you should never leave him unsupervised (whether your supervision consists of being in the pool with your child, being near the pool where you can see your child or being within hearing range of the pool so you know if something is wrong with your child). Teaching your child that there are dangers regarding swimming pools could help save your child's life. Don't make your children afraid of swimming; just educate them about how to act around and in a swimming pool so they don't get hurt. Instruction in pool safety for children will go a long way to making sure accidents don't happen.

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