Having a pool in the house not only gives you another space to enjoy, but it also elevates the look of the home. It adds an element of style to your space and makes it look bigger and better. However, it is not an easy job to have a pool in the house. Its maintenance is a big task, but the risks involved with small kids at home are huge worries. Be it the fear of kids drowning or messing things up, you might even want to reconsider having a pool in the first place. However, here are some tips to ensure the safety of kids in the swimming pool so that you do not have to give up on the idea of having one;
Supervise them Closely
Every year around 200 kids drown in swimming pools in the United States. So the risk is real. The best thing and the first thing to do when a pool is around is to supervise your kids religiously. Your kids should not be left alone on their own in a pool or even near it. So make sure that you are there side by side if they are going into the pool. A tip in this regard would be to keep them at an arm’s distance at maximum. This way, even if something wrong happens, you can quickly rescue them before things go wrong.
Do Not Rely on Pool Toys
We often send the kids with some pool toys like floaties, inflatable rings, or water wings to play with and think that this will ensure their security. However, you might be wrong. There are good chances of kids drawing despite wearing these pool toys as they are not meant to be used for safety purposes. There are chances of these pool toys tipping forward and falling back, so it is better to supervise your children when using such toys.
If you have a pool in the house, you should make your kids, and even all the family members, join swimming classes. This way, you all get to enjoy the time in the pool by making the most of it. Not just that, but swimming lessons will make your kid more confident, and the chances of drowning are less. However, they can still drown. So, you will be taught some safety tips to monitor your kids better when you are taking swimming lessons. This will include learning CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) that can save someone’s life when they drown in the pool. So make sure you sign up for these sessions soon!
Fencing Around the Pool
Kids have the urge or curiosity to discover new things. This is the very reason they might just get very excited about a swimming pool and would want to go and check it out. Also, there are chances that they get successful in sneaking into the swimming area when you are not watching. However, you can still ensure their safety by putting a fence around your pool. When buying a fence, make sure that it is one latch higher than your kid’s height and surround the pool from all the sides. This way, kids will not be able to get into the pool in your absence.
There is nothing more relaxing than spending time in the pool. However, with kids being around, there is always some tension regarding their safety in this regard. However, that should not stop you from having fun. When getting a pool made or even renovated, add a fence around and follow these tips to ensure your kids’ safety when there is a swimming pool in the house. Happy swimming!