Pool and water safety measures are highly important, especially when it concerns kids. This is because drowning causes a high rate of accidental deaths. AAP or American Academy of Pediatrics does not promote the installation of pools in households with the presence of kids below 5 years of age. Children are prone to slipping into pools or hurting themselves in and around the water area. And when such accidents take place, they are not able to react or call for help. In fact, it takes only 30 seconds for a kid to drown!
Keeping all these pointers in mind, we should link pool safety with kids and take measures to prevent accidents.
Water safety rules for kids
First of all, you should keep kids under adult supervision, when at the poolside. They can drown within 2 inches of the pool only. So, accidents can take place when least expected. Keep kids within your eyes view when near swimming pools or any other water bodies.
Always keep a count of your child or children. Don’t let them swim all by themselves or even use a diving board. Make sure to check the depth of the pool, before the kid uses it. Kids below the age of 5 should not use the slides.
It is advisable to use a life vest as per approved by the Coast Guard. Teach kids about water safety. Train them about the dos and don’ts, like, not to pretend to drown or call for help.
As an adult, you should select poolside toys for kids with utmost inspection and caution. Don’t let them use floating toys that are not below the waist level. Also keep in mind that a floating toy is not a life vest!
Children get distracted at the drop of a hat. So, it’s a big no-no to leave toys floating in the pool, when not in use. This will only make them go for the toys, thereby increasing the risks of accidents taking place. Another important point to keep in mind when using the pool not only with kids but others is not to use any kind of electrical appliances in and around the pool area.
When not to swim?
Teach kids and also learn yourself, when to use or not use the pool. Don’t go for a swim when there is lightning storms. Don’t let anyone use wheeled objects like a bike near the pool. Always keep a phone for emergency purpose near the pool. And when not in use, lock the pool. Equip the pool area with safety equipment, from a rope, safety ring to a shepherd’s hook.
These safety measures are not only important for kids but also for adults. It is highly recommended to train children about water safety, as well as, CPR and how to administer it during an emergency. Adults should make it a mandatory practice to learn CPR, as well – it can save a life.
It is always better to be safe than regret later on!