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Pool Safety Tips for Our Kids

kid swimming in floaties

Here’s how we can better protect our children in the pool.

Many of us mayhave plans to include the pool as recreation this summer.  While swimming and splashing around is a fun way to cool off, it’s important that we remember that playing in the pool may pose serious risks for our kids.  To help avoid accidents, here are some of the pool safety tips that we suggest for this summer.

  • Keep Our Pools Covered

When our pools are not in use, we suggest considering covering the entire surface with a rigid safety cover.  This is a great safety feature that will prevent our family from accidentally falling into the pool or attempting to go swimming without our permission.  It’s essential to make sure that our safety cover fits securely over the pool’s entire surface. If there are gaps, then our children and our pets may be able to slip past them and could get trapped under the cover.

  • Actively Supervise Our Kids

Children should never be allowed in or near the pool without an adult to watch them.  When we are monitoring our kids, our focus should be on the task at hand.  Even a momentary distraction can cause us to react too slowly to a swimming emergency. When supervising young swimmers, we should be close to the pool and ready to react at a moment’s notice.  If there are very inexperienced swimmers in the pool, then we need to make sure that we get into the water with them, so we are in the immediate proximity if they need us.

  • Teach Our Children Safe Swimming Practices

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for all children aged four and older.  While early swimming lessons are not enough to completely prevent a swimming emergency, they are a great way for children to learn some drowning prevention maneuvers. In addition to swimming lessons, it’s important that we establish and discuss pool rules with our family.  Some suggestions include teaching them not to run in the pool area, not to enter the pool by themselves, andnot to get in the water without floatation devices.

  • Learn CPR

Additionally, we strongly suggest that every adolescent and adult in the family take a CPR course so that if there is an emergency, our family may be able to intervene before the first responders arrive, which may save a life!

The American Red Cross has additional pool and hot tub safety tips as well as information about CPR classes at this link https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/home-pool-safety.html.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will enjoy the summer and help to keep our kids safe in the pool. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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