Community swimming areas and pools can be fun for the whole family over the summer months. They can also be a place where kids develop self-confidence, lifelong skills and healthy habits. Safety is critical to keep pool time safe and fun.
-Children ages 1-4 are more likely to drown in home swimming pools. Make sure there are barriers, such as pool fencing, on all four sides of your at-home pool to prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without a caregiver’s awareness.
-Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children aged 1 to 4 years.
-Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating.
-Consider signing up to take a CPR certification class if you own your own pool.
-Never swim alone. Swimming should only happen when a lifeguard is on duty.
-Supervise children when they are in the water. As a general rule of thumb, a parent should be within arm’s reach of a young child at all times. Parents of older children should stay close and keep eyes on their children at all times. Even ones who are strong swimmers need supervision because they’re prone to trying tricks, flips and dives - all things that can be dangerous in the water.