As a parent, you probably already know how much children love swimming pools. There is something about water that makes them happy, and if they have the chance, they’ll spend hours in, by, and around swimming pools, having fun. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, and by then it’s too late to start thinking about being careful. If you want to make sure your kids are safe while they’re having fun, keep the following in mind:
Set the rules
It doesn’t matter if you’re headed to a public pool, your friend’s pool or your own backyard, swimming pool etiquette is incredibly important, especially with children. You should establish rules for using home pools and enforce them in your home. When you head out to public pools, read the rules posted on the walls out loud to your children and make sure they understand them.
Protect the non-swimmers
Those who can’t swim can also enjoy their time at the pool, as long as they’re wearing water wings or using pool noodles or inner tubes. These devices will make them feel comfortable and safe, while also giving parents a sense of security. Still, it’s important to double-check these flotation devices before putting them on your children, as even the smallest of holes can result in them losing air, which can be dangerous. Life jackets and vests are among the safest swimming aids, so if you choose these, you can be relaxed knowing that your children safe.
Learn to swim
Children should be taught how to swim, as it is easier to learn this skill while you’re younger than when you get older. All children above the age of 4 can start swimming lessons, and even children younger than that can start spending time in and around water, so that they get comfortable and don’t panic once they actually start swimming lessons. Still, not all children are the same, and if your child needs more time to learn to swim, don’t pressure them.
Make sure the water is safe
Even if your children are good swimmers and feel comfortable in the pool, if the water they swim in isn’t safe and clean, they can get sick. Professional pool supplies for cleaning such as pumps, filters, and chlorinators will help you keep your pool clean and bacteria-free, meaning your children won’t get fungal or bacterial infections after being in the pool. But even with all precautions, it’s best if you make it a rule for everyone to take a quick shower after being in the pool.
Pool covers are a great solution if your pool is outside, as leaves, debris, and even insects can get into the water. With pool covers, not only will the water be protected from debris, dust and filth, but people will also be protected from falling in the water. Besides, even if someone was to fall in, the covers would allow them to walk right out without any harm. What’s more, covers are a great way to keep the pool water warm in winter and cool in summer.
You should do whatever you can to ensure that your pool area is safe for children (as well as for adults), but you can only do so much. Safety precautions are important, but proper pool etiquette is equally so. Knowing your way around swimming pools is the best way to ensure that you won’t get hurt, and this is why you should teach it to your children.