More than seven hundred kids drown in pools every year due to a lack of safety and four times that number of kids is injured in pool related accidents. These facts are tough to accept and probably heart wrenching, but true nonetheless.
All these can be avoided by adopting some necessary pool safety measures and making sure that your kids have fun at the pool safely.
As responsible parents, you need to arm yourself with all the knowledge about safety at the pool. The lack of safety measures is the cause of the accidents that happen in and around a pool, so safety is a thing that cannot and must not be ignored.
Here is a list of a few things that parents should know about pool safety.
Basic Pool Safety Skills:
Teaching the kids some safety skills related to the pools will go a long way in ensuring that they are able to protect themselves better.
The first requirement is to make sure that they know how to swim well. If they do not know swimming or are not too adept at it, then it will be best if an adult accompanies them and looks over them along with safety vests. They should also be taught about the rules and safety tips such as no running around the pool, not going for a swim just after eating, the ways to safely jump into a pool, and many more.
They should also be told about the different areas in a pool like the shallow and the deeper parts of the pool and the safety ropes or stairs in case of emergencies.
Swimming Pool Cleanliness:
Being safe in the pool also includes keeping the kids safe from harmful bacteria and pathogens.
If you have a swimming pool then keeping it clean is one of the most important If not kept clean the water will be full of bacteria that may lead to various skin infections and allergies. For cleaning of debris from the surface of pools, you can use a skimmer net.
This can be used to catch all the leaves and any solid waste. To use the net conveniently attach it to a telescopic pole which can be extended to reach all the spots of the pool. You should use it at least three times per week and whenever you see any debris floating.
With the continuous contact with water, the sides of the pool can harbor mosses and can get slimy. To clean it use a good quality brush with stainless steel and nylon bristles. Use it a minimum of two times per week to ensure that the sides of the pool are clean.
For cleaning the floor, you have the option to choose from a manual or an automatic pool vacuum. Apart from physically clearing away the debris you also need to check if the pH of the pool water is between 7.1 and 7.4. If they are not then you should use an acid based or a base based chemical compound to balance it just right.
Using chlorine tablets will help in clearing out any bacteria that might be there in the pools.
Basic Knowledge Of Pool Safety Equipments and CPR:
Keeping buoys and rescue tubes is a must. Along with them, keep safety kits containing all major equipment and medical devices. Safety jackets must be certified by the authorities and must be in working conditions. Keep them nearby for quick access in case of emergencies.
Knowing the basics of CPR is a skill that everyone must know. It will undoubtedly come in handy during dire circumstances. Successfully applying CPR may be all the difference between life and death.
Swimming pools are a fun place to hang out, and for the kids, it is a place to have fun and splash around in the hot summer. By following a few basic safety rules and taking all the precautions, you can ensure that the kids will be safe and can have fun without any worries.
Let’s keep all the hazards away and let them have a day full of fun and enjoyment.