Living in Miami, we have plenty of access and perfect conditions for enjoying the pool or beach year-round. Still, summer is the season for beach getaways and pool parties galore. Swimming safety is important no matter your location nor the time of year, but it’s important to reinforce rules now to keep our families from harm.
Despite a decrease over the past few years, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of death in children ages 5-14 (poolsafety.gov). These are tragic statistics that can be avoided if we are careful and alert when our kids are around water.
Whether you’re taking a trip to the beach or enjoying a pool day at someone’s home, paying close attention to kids in the water is vital. Accidents can happen even in shallow water like hot tubs, and even to the most experienced and skilled swimmer. Follow these tips for keeping your kids safe this summer.
Learning to swim. Giving your child swimming lessons, especially at a young age, is very important. Parents should also be strong swimmers, and anyone supervising kids while swimming should be skilled as well. Don’t leave children unattended near water.
Protect your pool. If you have a pool at home, make sure it is caged in with a four-sided fence. If you are visiting someone who does not have a pool fence, keep children indoors or away from the pool area. Make sure all drains have compliant covers.
Safety first. Never let children swim unsupervised. Whoever is in charge of watching the kids should not be distracted by reading, texting and the likes. Teach kids to stay away from pipes, pool drains and other openings that they could potentially get caught in. Knowing how to perform CPR is also crucial.
Kids can learn more about pool safety with this interactive tool that provides tons of information in fun materials.