Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages one to four? Don’t forget to sign up your kids for swimming lessons this summer! Check out these simple pool safety tips and learn how to teach children to be safe in and around the water.
With Memorial Day past us, it is the unofficial start of summer. Kids will be getting out of school soon and playing outside for most of the day. In the Florida sun, it is important to remember a few things that can affect us when we’re outside. You don’t want your kids, or yourself for that matter, overheating, dehydrating, getting sun burnt or being unsafe around the pool. Check out our list of summer safety tips from the CDC and PBS.org. If you have one to add, put it in the comment section below.
- Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car even with the windows open. Cars can heat up to over 130˚F.
- Be aware of when your children are playing outside. With temperatures reaching into the 100˚’s, the best time to be outside is in the morning or evenings.
- Check playground equipment to make sure it is safe and working properly.
- Supervise young children at all times.
- Wear protective clothing including a hat and sunglasses.
- Sunscreen is a must. Look for products that protect against UVA and UVB and an SPF of at least 15.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapply every two hours or sooner.
- If your kids are playing in the water, make sure an adult is always present and paying attention.
- Make sure your kids know how to swim and if not get them swimming lessons.
- If you’re out on a boat, make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket and that it fits properly.
The sun is blaring and the heat is on. The only escape — a dip in the pool. But while pools provide relief from the heat and endless summer fun, without proper precautions they can be potentially dangerous, especially for young children
Before you let your kids go for a swim, make sure both you and your kids know proper pool safety. Healthy Kids Today has compiled a list of quick and easy tips, from SafeKids.org, so you and your kids can have fun and play it safe in the pool.
Give your children your undivided attention – actively supervise your children around open bodies of water. Try not to be distracted by phone conversations, work or chores around the house.
Share the responsibility of watching if other adults are present – appoint one person to be the watcher and switch out after an allotted amount of time. You might want to trade off monitoring duty every 15 to 20 minutes.
Learn CPR – knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will give you tremendous peace of mind. In case of any real emergency, knowing CPR will enable you to react effectively to a life-threatening situation. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer classes.
Don’t rely on swimming aids – Foam noodles, water wings and tubes are fun water toys, but they are not designed to save a child from drowning. Don’t rely on these devices to keep your child safe. Always keep an eye on the children and make sure they know how to swim if you are not in the pool with them.
Put a fence around your pool – installing a fence all the way around the pool that is at least four feet high and has a self-closing, self-latching gate is essential for keeping your kids safe. If you are not home, the fence will ensure that children cannot accidentally fall into the pool and potentially harm themselves.