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.
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 received product in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.