Safety Planning for a Birthday Pool Party

by Pool Builders on 05-11-2011 in Articles

Whether utilizing a reserved public pool or a backyard pool, swimming birthday parties are quite popular. However, there are safety precautions to keep in mind and have in place to ensure that everyone at the party goes home safe and sound.

Designate a lifeguard if one is not provided by the pool. There have been several cases where children have floated unconscious in pools surrounded by adults who could swim. No one was paying attention. There should always been an adult who can swim keeping a close eye on the kids in the water. The lifeguard adult should also not be having any alcohol.

Have a first-aid kit at the ready. If an accident happens, this is not the cue for an adult to run off in search of the kit. It should be in the immediate area and fully stocked. All of the adults at the party should know where it is. If the lifeguard adult is handling an injury, another adult should then either keep an eye on the kids still swimming or demand all of the kids get out of the water. The water should never be unattended until every last child is out of it.

While the old wives tale about drowning within 30 minutes of eating has been proven false, it is true that nausea and cramps are more likely on a full stomach. To avoid this, feed the children in smaller amounts throughout the day rather than one large meal followed by cake and ice cream.

Have several large bottles of PABA-free sunscreen available, as well as one bottle than contains PABA. PABA, a compound that provides excellent sun protection, is an allergen. Test it on a small area before slathering it on the children. For children that tan, high SPF, PABA-free sunscreen is fine. For redheaded or very pale children, PABA with an even higher SPF is best. Don't forget noses, ears, and the backs of necks. Reapply it as often as possible.

Finally, have a land-line phone at the ready. While a child gasps for breath is not the time to be mis-routed to the wrong 911 operator on a cellphone. 911 also cannot find the location of a cellphone, wasting precious minutes. Make sure there is a land-line phone available. If it's a cordless, keep it charged.

By following these safety tips, a birthday party at the pool can be safe and fun time. Having a designated lifeguard, a first aid kit, and a land-line phone ensures the best possible outcome if the unthinkable happens.

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