It’s getting warm out, and that means the kids will want to go swimming! While swimming in the pool may be a fun activity, it does pose some challenges for children who have different needs than others. Check out these 10 tips for pool safety this summer!
1. Make sure an adult who can swim is in the area.
Life guards are not always present, so it is important that an adult who can swim is present, in case an emergency arises.
2. Wear life jackets appropriately.
If life jackets are needed because your child is not able to swim yet, make sure the they are being worn properly. If a child can slip out of a life jacket, it may cause some problems. Additionally, if a child finds the life jacket uncomfortable, there are other options like floaties for the arms.
3. Children shouldn’t be left alone near large areas of water.
Children should be watched at all times when swimming, just in case an emergency arises. It is not wise to leave your children in a public pool area or at the beach without adult supervision, even when there is a life guard in the area.
4. Create pool safety rules.
Pool safety rules, like, “Walk – Don’t run,” and “Take a break when you feel tired,” are important to have. Go over your pool rules with your kids so you have clear rules and boundaries for your children. It’s important to discuss, not only what NOT to do, but what the child SHOULD do instead.
5. Add a safety barrier around the pool.
Building a safety barrier around your home pool is important to ensure safety when children play in the area. Gates are useful for ensuring that children don’t go swimming when you are unaware. There are many other measures one can take to provide home pool safety like, pool alarms and pool covers.
6. Remember everything you need.
Often, forgetting a towel or other item causes a parent to step away from the pool for a few minutes to find the item. This would leave the children alone for just a few minutes. However, an emergency can occur in just a matter of minutes. So check that you have everything you need before you leave. Don’t forget the sunscreen – sunburns are no fun!
7. Know CPR.
Knowing CPR is a great skill to have. Although all life guards are certified in CPR, Life Guards are not always present. Taking a CPR course can help you know how to respond to an emergency when needed.
8. Stay hydrated.
You can become dehydrated when in the water, as well as outside of the water. It’s easy to forget to bring water when you’re going to swim in a pool of water! However, it is important to drink water to keep hydrated on those hot days.
9. Don’t let children run near the pool.
Running near a pool or the water can be especially dangerous, because a child can slip and hurt themselves. They may even fall into the pool unexpectedly. Sometimes, areas near a pool don’t appear wet, but they really are. No running by the pool is a very important rule!
10. Have a cell phone with you.
Having a cell phone close by is important, because if an emergency occurs, you can use the phone to contact 911 and let them know there is an emergency.
ABA can help children to learn safety skills as a part of a program based on medical necessity. Our staff can help to create visual aids or written rules for the family, with the help of the parent or caregiver, as a part of teaching safety skills. If you would like to learn more about how we at Acuity Behavior Solutions teach your children safety skills, contact us at (714) 696-2862.