With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting your kids reacclimated to water and ensuring that everyone in your family knows about proper water safety. The last thing you want to experience is your child being hurt in the water, and having conversations about water safety can help to keep this from happening.
To help you in beginning these conversations and setting up safeguards for your little ones, here are three tips for keeping your kids safe around water.
Make Pools As Safe As Possible
If you have a pool at your house, it’s important that you make your pools as safe as possible for both your kids and others to swim in.
First off, you want to properly maintain your pool so that both the pool deck and the water in the pool are safe for swimmers. In addition to this, you also want to have some safety measures put in place so that people won’t accidentally fall into the pool or otherwise get hurt in or near the water.
To do this, make sure you have barriers up around the pool so that no one is able to access the water without doing so on purpose. Consider installing self-closing gates so that small kids and pets can’t gain access to the water without an adult with them. Along with this, make sure you have safety floatation devices around the pool to be used in the event that someone in the water needs help.
Create Strict Rules Regarding Water And Swimming
In addition to keeping your pool and the area around your pool secure, you also should teach your kids safety rules regarding being in and around water areas.
For children, you should put in place strict rules about having adults present when they are swimming. And when someone is charged with watching the swimmers in the pool, that person should know of their responsibility to be alert to what’s going on and now having anything that distracts their attention. And even if your kids are old enough to swim by themselves, you should encourage them to have someone else at the water with them in the event that they need some kind of help while in the water.
Teach Water Survival Skills
As your kids get older, they’ll become more and more comfortable in the water. But when they are young, it’s important that they have the skills necessary to survive in the water in the event that they were to fall in. These types of survival skills can be taught even to babies. So if your kids are going to be spending a significant amount of time around water, be sure that they know how to keep themselves afloat.
To ensure that your kids don’t ever have a close call with drowning, consider using the tips mentioned above to help teach them about water safety.