Nothing describes an ideal summer day better than a beach towel, goggles and the neighborhood swimming pool. While your family is enjoying splashing around and making fun memories, the most important thing is that they stay safe. Drowning is the cause of far too many preventable deaths among children, and it is our mission at Splash Swim School & Pool Services to keep every child safe in the water. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe this summer:
If your children are in water or even near water, watch them at all times. It only takes a second for innocent fun to turn dangerous, and the more alert you are, the better you can prevent and quickly resolve any incidents. Remember, there is no substitute for a watchful eye.
Eliminate Standing Water
After using a wading pool, bathtub, basin, etc., empty all remaining water and store upside down if possible. Children can easily drown in one inch of water, so removing standing water significantly reduces that risk.
We know parenting is a full-time job that doesn’t allow for much spare time, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to find the time to learn CPR. It will give you tremendous peace of mind knowing you have the capability of resuscitation if needed.
Equip Children Appropriately
Whether your child is in a pool or out on a boat at Horsetooth Reservoir, make sure they are outfitted with the appropriate safety gear. For young children in a pool of any size, make sure they wear inflatable floating devices on their arms. When near a large body of water, secure all children with good-fitting life preservers that are U.S. Coast Guard Approved.
Your protection is irreplaceable, but unfortunately it can’t follow your children forever. Give them confidence for life, and enjoy the comfort of knowing your child has all the skills to engage in aquatic activities safely.
It’s never too early to learn how to swim. Let us help your children learn to be safe and strong swimmers!