As with any outdoor activity children should always be supervised at all times while around pools. Accidents happen but most could be prevented by being prepared and remembering a few key safety measures.
Any time spent around a pool either an inflatable one in your own backyard or your local swim club, there should always be a pool safety kit close by. That kit should include a first aid box, a charged cell phone, scissors, and a flotation device.
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First aid kits are always handy to have around and should include band-aids, gauze, tape, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cream, cortisone cream, epi-pen, aloe vera, and children’s Tylenol. The scissors are important in case your child’s hair was to get tangled in something underwater or if you had to urgently deflate the pool. A flotation device speaks for its self and is always required near water.
Though safety kits are very important our actions as guardians are even more pertinent. Constant supervision is the #1 way to prevent kids from drowning. If you turn around and don’t see your kids, always look inside the pool first. All adults in the house should be CPR certified; instead of being helpless, you could be the difference between life and death.
Always keep areas around the pool clear and free of clutter to minimize the chance of someone falling in the pool. Running around the pool area is also dangerous; the ground will be wet and slippery. We know kids love to ride tricycles and bikes but near the pool, it’s not a good idea.
It only increases the likely hood that someone will fall in. Teach your kids at an early age that pushing people in the water is not acceptable. Like the saying goes “It’s all fun and games till someone gets hurt”.
Everyone loves to have the radio blasting while playing in an inflatable pool but you should never bring electrical items close to the pool. Even though the water is in the pool the whole area around the pool is likely to be wet too.