10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 1 of 10
Constant supervision is the best way to prevent swimming injuries or drowning. Kids are not always going to yell for help, especially when they are facedown, so pay attention to your kids and don't get distracted by chores, phone calls or gadgets.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 2 of 10
Teach your kids to swim
You can enroll your kids in swimming lessons when theyre as young as 3 or 4. There are other programs that will teach them other water exercises at an earlier age. Keep in mind, though, that teaching your kids to swim is not a foolproof method to prevent them from drowning (hence why rule number one is always rule number one).
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 3 of 10
Have a security system in place
There are many options to secure your pool when its not in use. Enclose your pool on all sides with a gate and make sure your pool cover is on correctly. Consider using surface or underwater alarms that will alert you when there are waves or disturbances in the pool and remember to keep the windows and doors to your house locked when the kids are inside.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 4 of 10
Clear the decks
Have clear walking space around the pool. You should also remove toys in or around the pool so children are not tempted to play with them and accidentally fall in.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 5 of 10
Learn CPR and First Aid
Dont be a bystander; you can be the one to administer CPR to someone in need instead of waiting for an ambulance to get there. There are CPR classes you can sign up for at The Red Cross or your local YMCA. Its a life-saving skill youll be glad to have.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 6 of 10
Keep rescue equipment nearby
If you cant go into the water yourself, use a shepherds hook or life preserver to rescue someone who is drowning. Make sure that you know how to use these tools and also keep a First Aid kit by the pool to take care of other injuries, like scrapes and bruises.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 7 of 10
Establish rules — and enforce them
Pool time should be a fun time for everyone but set some basic safety rules first. As much as your kid wants to push his friends into the pool or cannonball into them for fun, help him understand those things are pretty dangerous. Setting some basic safety rules will prevent a lot of tears, injuries and headaches for everyone.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 8 of 10
Pick the right flotation device
Do your research when buying floaties or swimsuits with built-in flotation devices. Make sure that they are appropriate for your kids age and skill level but never use them as a substitute for supervision.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 9 of 10
Brush up on your own swimming skills
You never know when you might have to rescue someone who is in trouble at the beach or pool, so make sure you know the proper way to help without harming yourself.
10 Pool Safety Tips for Kids 10 of 10
Inspect your pool
Have a certified pool inspector check that your pool is compliant with industry and government standards. In addition to checking for water quality and the proper drain covers, you may need additional safety devices depending on what kind of pool you have.