Ensuring your kids’ safety at the public pool this summer

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2023 | Injuries |

With summer in full swing, many families are heading to public pools to beat the heat and enjoy some fun in the water. While public pools provide a great way to cool off and have a good time, it is essential to prioritize your children’s safety.

When it comes to water safety, vigilance and preparedness are key. Public pools can be busy and potentially hazardous environments, but with proper supervision, awareness and adherence to safety guidelines, you can create a safe environment for your children to enjoy their pool time.

Supervise constantly

Children can get into trouble in the water within seconds, so keep a close eye on them at all times. Stay within arm’s reach of young children and maintain visual contact with older kids. Avoid distractions like phone use or engaging in lengthy conversations that can divert your attention from your children’s activities in the water.

Teach swimming and water skills

Enrolling your children in swimming lessons can significantly enhance their safety in and around the water. Swimming lessons not only teach kids essential skills but also build confidence and develop their ability to handle themselves in different water situations. Encourage them to learn basic water safety skills such as floating, treading water and understanding pool rules. However, remember that even with swimming skills, active adult supervision is still necessary.

Establish pool rules

Set clear and age-appropriate rules for your children to follow while at the public pool. Teach them to stay in designated areas, refrain from running on wet surfaces and avoid diving into shallow water. Emphasize the importance of not pushing or dunking others and respecting the lifeguards’ instructions. Reinforce these rules regularly to ensure that your children understand and adhere to them.

Use flotation devices appropriately

While flotation devices like life jackets or arm floats can provide added support in the water, they should never replace adult supervision. If your child is using a flotation device, stay close by and maintain constant vigilance. Choose Coast Guard-approved devices and ensure they fit properly.

Be sun smart

Protect your children from the harmful effects of the sun while at the pool by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Encourage your kids to wear protective clothing like hats, sunglasses and swim shirts to shield their skin from the sun’s rays. Take regular breaks in shaded areas to give their skin a rest from direct sun exposure.

Your active involvement and attention are key to creating a secure environment where your children can create lasting summer memories.