See how to keep your children safe around pools this summer.
Small children lack the cognitive capacity to discern danger. Therefore it is the parent’s responsibility to safeguard these curious and impulsive explorers from entering any body of water unsupervised.
Luckily, many proactive strategies are out there providing multiple layers of protection to help you minimise the risk of a child "accidentally" falling in to the family pool or any body of water.
Supervision, along with barriers (including double door locks, door alarms, pool alerts and perimeter yard fencing), pool safety fencing, gentle swimming lessons and CPR/water safety awareness might help keep our little ones safe.
Here (in order of importance) are three baby proofing tips to follow this summer:
1 - Supervision by adults is key. Always know where your young ones are. Around water, stay close while maintaining constant eye-to-eye contact and don't leave a youngster unattended even for a second. Never assume somebody else is watching your kids.
2- Barriers leading to the pool should be installed and maintained. Capabilities of little ones change day-to-day. Today they sit, tomorrow they crawl. Toddlers can slip via an unlocked door in the time it takes to answer the phone. Door and pool alarms can alert adults of not authorised access.
A see-through mesh fence should completely surround the pool area, with a minimum height of 48 inches. This pool safety fence is particularly essential in separating one's home and all of its exits from your pool.
3 – Learn infant CPR and first-aid Prepare an emergency plan of action and in the event of an accident stay calm and react quickly and effectively.
Keep a transportable phone in the pool area and post emergency numbers on fences. Keep all toys and games etc. out from the pool when not in use. Keep tricycles and wheel toys out of your pool area.
H. T. Patty is writing for the automatic pool cleaners ratings blog which assists parents in keeping their children safe around swimming pools.