Home Safety: Kids and Pools
If your kids love the water, it's best to ensure their safety with these tips
Summer is the best time to schedule out-of-town trips and special visits to the clubhouse for a quick dip. However, little tots also love outdoor activities like swimming! There might be instances when they would explore and head to the pool on their own so it's best to take note of these safety tips to avoid accidents.
Let this list guide you.
Source: Watersafety.vic.gov.au. Main photo from pondbuilder.com.
- Set pool rules for everyone to follow. Put toys away and discourage your kids from running to avoid slips.
- Make sure there's always one adult to oversee the activities of the kids; especially during get-togethers when everyone's busy with a lot of things like food preparation. It pays to have one person who can perform CPR just in case an accident occurs.
- If you have a pool at home, it's best to keep the doors and any access leading to the area locked when not in use.
- Make sure that there are no open pool drains to avoid accidents.
Photo from fieldstonehilldesign.com.
- Keep electrical appliances such as extension cords and light fixtures away from the pool to avoid electrocution.
- You may opt to install a security gate near or around the pool as an added safety measure.
- Place a first aid kit and life vests near the pool area.
- Store cleaning materials and other chemicals in a locked cabinet, away from your kids' reach.
Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.
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