Here are some essential pool safety tips for summer:
- Have kids take a certified swimming class. If your kids are going to be spending a lot of time at the pool this summer, consider enrolling them in a certified swimming class. These classes can teach them some basic pool safety measures and flotation techniques.
- Don’t leave kids alone by the pool. Whether it’s a portable pool or a community pool, reduce the risk of drowning and injuries by making sure there are always adults nearby. Don’t ever leave kids alone even when they are just splashing or wading in the shallow areas of the pool. Accidents that lead to drowning can happen at any time!
- Keep flotation devices poolside. If you have a pool at home, make sure it’s well-equipped with flotation devices - and kids know how to use them! If you’re hosting a pool party, take a few minutes to show everyone where the flotation devices are and what to do in the event of an emergency. Just a few minutes of education is all it might take to prevent accidents and injuries.
- Learn basic CPR. Make sure at least one adult on the premises is confident performing CPR in the event of an emergency. This can be a life-saver when kids or even adults need help during a drowning incident.
- Make sure pool covers are working properly. Cover the pool completely when it’s not in use and make sure the pool covers are in good working order. Consider installing a lockable safety cover for extra protection.