I remember the good ole days still like they were yesterday. I’d slip on my bathing suite, swim for hours, then beg my Nana for a popsicle. My cousins and I would lay out towels down and dry off in the warm sun, enjoying our push-up pops.
Swimming pools are a mecca of fun for toddlers, but also a place of worry and fear for parents alike. Each year we hear the tragic stories of well-meaning parents who lose a life to the pool. It is certainly a fear of mine. As I have been preparing for the summer, I have been reading up on some pool safety tips and products that can provide relief for a parent as well as save a child’s life. I don’t mean to scare anyone. I just know how much I need reminders like this as a parent, and know that these precautions are always worth mentioning to spread awareness and prevention strategies.
Here is the best advice I could come across as I scoured the internet:
The most deaths happen between ages 1-3. 66% of reported fatalities were children under five years old. Most fatalities happen in residential pools. The biggest precaution and best safety advice is constant supervision. Well-meaning youngsters and teenagers should not shoulder this extremely important responsibility, as they are easily distracted. Ensure there is a lifeguard or supervision at all times for older children who can swim. Even a momentary distraction can be too long. (Pool Safely).
Ensure children who can not swim have flotation devices properly fitted and on at all times while in the vicinity of a pool. Ensure there are safety devices in the case of an accident for children who can swim (arm rings, reaching poles).
Keep a charged phone near the pool just in case.
Start swim lessons as soon as possible with your children.
Do you know CPR? Consider brushing up or taking lessons.
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
Do not allow children to run around or near the pool. Slippery surfaces can cause serious accidents and head injuries.
Install fences (at least 4 ft or higher) around your pool.
Use safety precautions around any water, even just a couple of inches can cause a drowning (spas, inflatable pools, baths).
Keep a first aid kit handy.
I decided to share this information because it is so important. I also came up with a very fun giveaway in partnership with Swimoutlet.com, the webs most popular swim shop. I recently wanted to get the highest rated toddler swim flotation device: the Stearns Kids Puddle Jumper Deluxe USCG Life Jacket, and contacted Swimoutlet.com to see if they would partner with me in this post to bring you all summer safety tips AND give away one free Puddlejumper to one of you! They agreed! I am very excited about this opportunity.
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*I received product in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.