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Swimming can be an enjoyable leisure activity for kids and one of the major causes of accidents. Parents should not be fooled into thinking that their child is safe just because he/she knows how to swim. Accidents in the swimming pool can happen very suddenly without warning. It is very important that all parents follow these basic safety precautions especially if there is a swimming pool at home.
  • Cold water affects our body much differently than warm water. According to KidsHealth, cold water can shock our body when we jump. That shock will make our blood pressure and heart rate increase. Cold water also can slow our muscles down, which will make it harder to swim back to safety on the edge of a pool or shore of a lake or river.
  • Do not allow children with no knowledge of swimming in or around the pool. For good pool safety make sure that all kids above the age of 4 attend a certified swimming class, or atleast learn basic flotation techniques and life saving techniques in case of accidents. Children younger than 4 should always be accompanied by their parents in the pool.
  • Spas and Hot Tubs must also be avoided, especially in the case of younger children who are susceptible to overheating.
  • For good pool safety, you can make sure that there is always a life saving floation device handy near the pool. Also, every parent should be conversant in basic CPR techniques in case of any accident.
  • Be sure to show all children the proper way or ways to exit the pool. Make sure that they know where all ladders are, and that you teach them to use them for entering and exiting the pool safely. Although your child may be able to lift herself out of the pool using the side, that is not the safest way to go, and in the case of an injury or some other emergency, the child can become panicked, and not be able to get out that way. Reinforce the proper way to get in and out.
  • Avoid leaving your kids alone even with small portable pools or water bodies like buckets, fountains, and barrels. There is always a danger of drowning occuring even in small bodies of water.


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