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There’s probably nothing kids love more during the summer than splashing around the pool. It provides entertainment, recreation and relaxation. Not to mention the much-needed refreshment when the temperatures are reaching 25 degrees Celsius and over. Parents however, should also keep in mind that swimming pools, both home and public ones, can also be very dangerous. Unfortunately, there are no sure ways to prevent pool accidents, including the most tragic ones but, there are ways to lower their risk to the minimum.
Here are the top 5 tips on how to keep your kids safe at the pool this summer:
Don’t look away even for one minute! Always keep in mind that all that it takes for the worst to happen is to look away just for one minute. So keep a close eye on your kids and don’t let yourself to be distracted by phone, other people, etc. In case you need to deal with something urgently and cannot watch your kids, make sure that there is another trustworthy adult keeping an eye on them.
Don’t let young children swim alone.
This counts for all young children, whether they have swimming lessons or not. Although it is a very good idea to teach your children how to swim and float on the water as early as possible, some studies show that children below the age of 4 years aren’t developmentally prepared. Also, keep in mind that inflatables can float away or lose air and as a result aren’t guarantee for safety. Young children should therefore be always within their parents’ arms’ reach.
Learn what to do in an emergency.
Even if there are trained lifeguards closely watching the pool, knowing how to react and what to do in an emergency can save your child’s life. So it may be a good idea to learn the basics of water rescue and how to do a CPR.
Ensure your kids avoid risky activities/behaviour.
Your kids need to be aware that some types of activities – even if being fun and amusing – can be very dangerous. And as such, they should be strictly avoided. Examples include running and pushing around the pool, diving into shallow waters and holding breath under the water, to mention just a few of the most obvious.
Don’t forget about sun protection.
Make sure your kids are protected from the sun by applying a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more at least 20 minutes before going outdoors. During 10am and 4pm when the sun-rays are the strongest, try to at least limit the time your kids spend in the pool. Encourage them to have frequent breaks and relax under spa side umbrella or natural shade if there is any.