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It’s Pool Time in the Northeast – How to Protect your Family around the PoolJune 3, 2015

With summer slowly getting onto full swing throughout the country, many families will be going on vacations that will involve spending time around swimming pools. Although the main focus of this time of the year is normally to have as much outdoor fun as possible, there is another aspect that many families tend to forget about – namely, pool safety. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your family stays safe around the water this summer.

Supervise Children at all times

Regardless of how well a child is able to swim, it is crucial to provide responsible adult supervision at all times when he or she is in or around a pool. Accidents that can result in a child bumping his or her head can happen within a few seconds, and these can be fatal if the child is rendered unconscious and falls into the water without anyone noticing. Very young children should always wear some sort of flotation device when they are around a pool, as this will help ensure that they do not sink to the bottom of the pool if they accidentally fall in.

Teach Children Basic Pool Safety

When spending time around a pool, it is important for everyone to understand that certain behaviors can be quite dangerous if they are practiced near the water. These can include running around the pool, pushing other people into the pool unexpectedly and dunking fellow pool users underwater unexpectedly. As a result, children should be taught to only walk around the pool area and to respect fellow pool users by not pushing them in or dunking them. This is especially crucial in cases where there may be some pool users who are not able to swim as well as others.

Enroll Children in Swimming Classes

In order for children to get as much enjoyment as possible out of their time in the water, it is important to ensure that they have been taught how to swim properly. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to enroll them in age-appropriate swimming classes – preferably before summer arrives. This will not only help keep them safe around the water; it will also provide them with a much-needed level of confidence to ensure that their time in the water is as pleasant as possible. When choosing a swimming instructor or even a swim school, it is essential to choose one that is accredited and that has a reputation for being able to work well with children.

The area around a pool should be kept neat and free of unnecessary clutter, as this will help prevent tripping and falling as well. Electrical appliances should also be kept away from the pool area to prevent the risk of electric shock as well. When it comes to ensuring pool safety for your family, it is better to be a little over cautious than to overlook something, as this could make the difference between life and death in case of an emergency situation arising.

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