During the warmer months it is always fun to play in the water or have a nice splash to cool down. This is especially a great idea here in Arizona since it does get pretty hot. There are precautions that should be taken though. The water can be dangerous.
Unfortunately, there are many tragic stories out there involving children and water. According to The American Red Cross “over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools every year”. The water can be fun but safety should always be a priority.
Children can slip under very fast and it is up to the adults to keep a close eye on them. If you have a backyard swimming pool it is extremely important to have an approved safety gate around it. The gate should have a safety latch and ensure the height can keep children out. This is a very good precaution just in case your little one slips out the back door.
There are plastic children’s pools that can be just as effective as a bigger in ground pool. It is best to fill it with minimal water if you have very young children and when your child is done with it, empty the water out.
Another precaution to take to keep children safe around water is to make sure you keep a close eye on them and within your arms reach. Children should never be with just other children watching them and adult supervision should always be present.
Children should be restricted to an appropriate depth of water for their age and/or have a safety jacket on. There should be safety rules strictly enforced when in the swimming area. These rules should include no running around the water, no diving in shallow ends and no rough playing. These types of behaviors can lead to unfortunate accidents happening.
All these preventative measures can help to ensure the safety of your children. Once you’ve got these basics down you’re set to enjoy the water and this fun way to cool down.