Swimming is so much fun and kids love water. That’s why parents take their kids in swimming pools especially during summer if the beach is not so accessible. But some there are some situations when fun becomes dangerous that parents should be aware of. Here are some of the things we need to be cautious about when swimming in pools.
Although this is preventable, drowning is such a huge risk since people can get drowned even in a split of a second. Even near-drowning accidents can sustain lifelong injuries. To minimize drowning, it is highly advisable to do the following:
- Always keep an eye on children, especially the smaller ones. Do not leave them unattended even only for a few seconds.
- Limit pool access by pool installing safety fences and covers.
- Verify the pool’s depth. Establish restrictions such as "no diving" in shallow waters. Set proper pool behavior.
- Make sure all lifesaving equipment are accessible close to the pool at all times.
- If possible, enroll your kids in swimming lessons for preparation.
Undeniably, many types of bacteria are potentially inhabited in the water. These may have come from different swimmers and can also circulate among them. To avoid the risk of catching any diseases, remember the following:
- If you are using your own pool, keep the water properly filtered and chemically treated at all times.
- Check how often the water is sanitized if you are using public pools. If in doubt, avoid swimming in there especially if they have questionable standards of cleanliness.
- If anyone has an open wound or sick, don’t allow him/her to use the pool.
- Shower before and after using the pool.
- Babies and toddlers must wear swim diapers. Pets should also be out of the pool.
Both water and chlorine are good conductors of electricity. This makes swimming pools dangerous in unsafe electrical conditions. To lessen the risk of getting electrocuted in the pool:
- Make sure all ungrounded electrical equipment are nowhere near the pool.
- Only use ground circuit fault interrupter (GCFI) outlets in the pool area.
- Keep away from the pool during lightning storms