Owning a pool or visiting lakes and cottages can be a lot of fun! Swimming is a great exercise for the entire family and pools/lakes can add excitement to family cookouts and get-togethers. However, when near any body of water, it’s important to take the proper steps to keep your children safe. Here are some key tips on how to keep the area safe for your loved ones:
- Supervision: Never let children swim unsupervised. Make sure an adult is watching at all times, even if the child is a more advanced swimmer.
- Life jackets: Have less experienced swimmers wear life jackets. Never rely on water wings or inflatable toys. These devices can be unreliable.
- Stick to the rules: Enforce the same rules at home that children obey during swim classes. Make sure you educate your children on the dangers of drowning and ensure they understand why the water safety rules are so important.
- Secure the pool area: If you own a pool, be sure to surround it with a fence. The fence should be high enough that children won’t be able to climb over it and the gate should be self-latching so that it is never left open by mistake.
- Make a plan: In the event of an emergency, there should always be a plan in place so everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency situation. Make a plan and discuss it with the entire family for optimal safety.
- Have safety supplies: It is vital to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. Make sure your pool is equipped with the following items: phone, life jackets in various sizes, first aid kit, a reaching device and a throwing device.
- Know how to swim: The most important thing to do is make sure every family member knows how to swim. No one will ever be drown-proof, but knowing how to swim is a huge step in staying safe.
It is important that if you own a pool or visit any bodies of water you take these steps to keep your family protected. Keeping the area around the water safe could prevent an injury or even save a life of one of your loved ones! Remember, safety first!