In public pools, strangers are sharing the space with you. It might be a challenge to keep your children safe because of the increased level of risk. This doesn’t mean there’s no danger when you have your own pool, however.
Anything can happen, but you can be ready for it. Here are some safety guidelines from GreatFence.com:
1. Have a pool fence.
The pool is not just a dangerous place when you’re using it. Even when no one is swimming, it can still be an imposing structure that a small child may fall into without proper supervision.
This is why experts recommend an aluminum pool fence — so children cannot reach the pool without someone letting them in. The fence should have a child-safe lock so as not to devoid its purpose.
2. Teach children to “reach or throw, don’t go.”
When someone is in danger, the immediate response is to go after them and save them. This is not what you should be teaching your children to do. Instead, show them how they can use a pool noodle or other sturdy objects to reach out to the person in danger, so they don’t have to go in themselves.
Reaching out to a person in danger, or throwing a life-saving implement, should be their default action.
3. Swim in groups or pairs.
Of course, you cannot stop kids from wanting to go in the pool. When it’s time actually to swim, teach them how to do so safely. That means not going on their own. There should be someone to watch over them from outside the pool, and someone swimming with them who can watch over them as they wade along.
This ensures that immediate help is available in case something goes wrong. Teaching your child to be responsible for themselves and another person will be a valuable skill even in the future.
Pool safety is something you should take seriously. Teach your children everything they need to know to save their life and someone else’s, if necessary.