Summer is officially here, and that means families across North Texas are taking to the water to relax, cool off and have fun. But before you head out to a water park, neighborhood watering hole or your own backyard pool, take the time to educate yourself and your children about proper pool safety.
Unfortunately, pool-related accidents are all too common, especially those involving children. By ensuring that everyone knows the dangers and safety procedures of the pool, you’ll make this summer safer and more enjoyable for all.
Keep an eye out
Children should never be in or near a pool without adult supervision. Always have a designated adult or older teen keeping a watchful eye on younger children at all times. If possible, trade shifts to stay alert. The pool supervisor should not be reading, texting or watching TV, but fully engaged in or near the pool. Additionally, if you have a backyard pool that kids can readily access, install a pool barrier or an alarm system that will alert you if a child has entered the pool area.
Pool drains can often seem interesting to young children, and they may be enticed to put their hands and feet near the drain or even sit on open drain, which can cause significant physical harm. It’s critical to teach your kids to stay away from all pool drains. Do not remove drain covers, and if you’re at a public pool or water park, immediately report any drains with missing covers.
At least one member of your family should receive CPR certification before you head to the pool this summer. Better yet, take a class as a family and have all adult and teenage members of your family CPR certified. CPR procedures are different for children than they are for adults, so be sure you or someone in your family has been trained in both.
Lastly, pool safety and education shouldn’t only left to the adults. Utilize some of the fun learning resources at PoolSafely.Gov to teach your kids the best ways to safe this summer!