Pool Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe in and Around Pools
6 Ways to Ensure Pool Safety
When temperatures start to rise in summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the swimming pool. However, while pools offer relief from the scorching heat, you always need to keep safety on top of your mind, especially if you’re bringing your kids along.
Drowning can happen in a blink of an eye. It’s the leading cause of injury death for children aged 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidents like this still happen despite efforts taken by concerned authorities to prevent them.
For this reason, you’ll want to take extra steps toward making pools safe for your kids. Kids Car Donations shares a few tips on how to keep your children safe in and around pools.
- Assign a lifeguard.
Whether it’s a family member, babysitter, or another parent, always have an adult watch your kids while they’re swimming or playing in the water. Whoever agrees to watch your kids should avoid using a phone, socializing, or drinking while they’re actively supervising.
- Build a fence around the pool.
If you have a pool in your house, you’ll want to install a fence around it to keep younger kids from entering it without supervision. While at it, consider adding a self-closing gate and alarms that go off whenever someone enters or goes out.
- Enroll your kids in swimming lessons.
Swimming lessons are available for adults and kids alike. Although knowing basic swimming skills doesn’t necessarily eliminate the need for a pool watcher, it decreases your kids’ chances of drowning. Start checking your community recreation centers for swimming lessons. If you don’t know how to swim, consider joining as well.
- Keep your pool clean and tidy.
Kids are naturally curious and adventurous. If you’re not looking, they may play around the pool or try to retrieve something from the water and accidentally fall. If your pool is unused, clear it of any toys or floaters. Since chemical dispensers in the pool might look like toys to children, you’ll need to keep an eye on the kids while you’re using these items.
- Cover your pool when not in use.
If you don’t have a fence around the pool, you’ll want to cover it when not in use. This extra measure will discourage your kids from jumping into the water.
- Enforce rules around pools.
Practice and preach these five rules when swimming in the pool with the kids:
- No running around the pool.
- No diving.
- Never push anyone into the pool.
- Always have an adult supervise the kids when swimming.
Explain these rules to the children and make sure they understand them. Tell them the consequences if they don’t follow the rules.
Indigent Sick Kids in Your Community Need Your Help
Not all children are born equal — some feel safer and more secure than others. Sadly, the difference boils down to their family’s financial status. For instance, children from low-income families can’t get access to proper healthcare, unlike their richer counterparts.
If you feel compassion for the indigent kids in your community who are suffering from serious health issues, here’s an easy way to reach out to them: Simply donate any vehicle you no longer need to us at Kids Car Donations.
We’ll auction off your donated vehicle and use the proceeds to support the critical pediatric healthcare programs of our charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding we give them to provide their young beneficiaries with free comprehensive and quality medical assistance, including a wide range of treatment options, emotional support, and relief of pain and trauma. Our charity partners also provide their young beneficiaries with access to free social services and educational resources.
As a vehicle donor, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying our fast and free towing service wherever you are in the United States.
What’s more, your charitable contribution will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.
However, the most meaningful reward you’ll get is the priceless joy of knowing that you’re doing something that can potentially save the life of a critically ill child.
We welcome nearly all vehicle types, including those that are no longer in their best shape.
To know more about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you can’t find the answers to your questions there, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-634-8395 or message us here. We’ll gladly get back to you as soon as possible.
Start Saving Young Lives Today!
Turn your old car into a lifesaver for the sick kids in your community who are desperately crying out for help. Donate it to Kids Car Donations by calling 866-634-8395 or filling out our secure online donation form now!