Coming into the hot QLD summer season, the pool is the perfect way for your child to get out of the house and cool off. It’s also a great way to stay off screens and to get some fun exercise!
Here are some important tips every parent should know that can help their child stay safe all summer long.
Supervision is the most important first step to ensuring your child’s safety. Constant vigilance is required every time a child is near the pool or any body of water.
- Don’t be distracted by your phone while keeping watch.
- Remain within arm’s reach of toddlers to make sure you can get there in time.
- Don’t expect older children to look after their younger siblings as children are easily distracted.
- Take your children with you every time you leave the water area.
- If at a party with other adults, have one adult always closely watching the water (taking turns or shifts is an easy way to share the responsibility).
Swimming lessons should be undertaken before allowing your child to swim on their own. These lessons reinforce water safety, improve their confidence in the water, and put your mind a little more at ease as well.
Reducing the Hazard
Even when your child isn’t having a pool day, the risk remains so it’s important to reduce the hazard. Pool gates and fences are required by law and it’s important to always maintain them as the years go on. Remove any items around the gate that may allow your child to climb the fence and refrain from propping open doors or gates leading to the pool to further ensure your child’s safety.
Finally, and while we sincerely hope it doesn’t get to this stage, every parent should know CPR. In the worst-case scenario, having proper resuscitation knowledge can save a life. Stay updated on your CPR skills and put up a resuscitation poster around the pool to stay on the safe side.
Following these tips will help to make sure pool time is fun for both adults and children! Contact Your ELC for any further questions about the topic or to see how our early learning centres can benefit your child’s early development.
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