Nothing says “Summer Fun” like a trip to the local swimming pool, but your fun can quickly be spoiled by an injury or worse if you don’t follow some basic safety guidelines. Keep these in mind as you head off to the pool!
Children should always be supervised when swimming in the pool. Small children should be within an arm’s reach of an adult at all times. And of course, the supervising adult should be able to swim well!
Off Limits at The Pool
Some things should not be poolside for safety reasons, including:
- Electrical appliances – radios and other appliances can cause electric shock at the pool
- Tricycles, bikes, and walkers – poolside is not the place to play with these particular items
- Use only plasticware for drinking or eating to prevent broken glass near a pool.
- Running – it’s all too easy to slip and fall
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for children aged 4 years and older. Learning to swim well is the most empowering thing families can do to stay safe at the pool! Personally I started my kids at age 2 because we were surrounded by water in the summer and it proved to be a good idea.
Shower before and after using the swimming pool. Not only is this the most hygienic practice, it helps protect hair and skin from chlorine. Pull long hair back away from the face and tie it back. Use of swimming goggles helps to protect the eyes from strong chemicals.
Swim diapers should be changed immediately upon soiling. While swim diapers do help contain waste, they are not leak proof.
Prevent swimmer’s ear by keeping your ears as dry as possible. Dry them with a towel after diving, and wear a swimming cap if your ears are especially sensitive. For kids that have a propensity to ear infections I don’t recommend diving, jumping in, cannon balls or handstands. These activities can cause the water to shoot up inside the ear and get stuck. Try the silicone putty earplugs and a variety of ear drying aids are available at your local pharmacy.
Find out how deep the water is first. Never dive in the shallow side of a pool and only those who can swim well should attempt diving. Learning to dive from a professional swimming instructor is the safest way to learn.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!