It’s getting hotter and hotter here in sunny Florida and more and more swimming in their backyards. Pools are a wonderful way to cool down in the summertime, but if you have children at home, make sure that you provide a safe environment for them. More children under 5 years old die from drowning in Florida than any other state.
Here are some way that you can keep your little ones safe.
- Provide your child with swimming lessons from a professional, either one on one or in small groups. Find Pinellas County swim lesson locations near you.
- Add five layers of pool safety in your home to keep children out of the pool until you take them for a swim. Then get a FREE home safety check.
- Parents and Caregivers should know how to perform CPR and basic first aid in case of emergency. You can look for classes here.
- NEVER leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he/she is in or near water. Do not assume that someone else will watch your child because there are multiple adults present.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment.
- Have a cell phone or telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.
- Put away pool toys when you’re done using them. Toys left in the pool can attract children and they could fall in while trying to reach for them.
- Never run around the pool. It can very slippery and you could easily fall in.
- Teach your kids about Pool Safety. These online games can help them learn about what’s safe and what isn’t around pools and spas.