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10 pool safety rules for kids

During the warmer months, the patio, deck or backyard becomes the place where the kids play from dawn to dusk, and parents hang out and relax - especially when there is a pool involved. (What a wonderful concept!)

Since we're out there so much, we need to set some rules to play by.

These 10 pool safety rules for kids can help ensure everyone has fun in the sun - and in the water - safely.

1. walk, don't run around the pool.

No running or roughhousing around the pool and spa. As grownups know, wet feet can easily slip when running, and the tile or concrete surrounding a pool and spa is less than forgiving. This one is a safety must do.

2. no glass allowed near the pool area.

No glass allowed for the kiddies outside. Wet hands, like wet feet, slip up every now and again. Broken glass and bare feet are a bad combination. So limit glasses to grown-ups only, or ban them outside altogether.

3. use safety pool covers.

Keep the pool and the jacuzzi covered when not in use. If you don't already have a pool cover, now is a great time to get one.

4. kids under age 14 require adult supervision.

Kids can swim or use the jacuzzi only when an adult is there to supervise. This is one rule you won't want to break.

5. you must be at least 6 years old to go in the jacuzzi or hot tub.

No infants or toddlers allowed in the jacuzzi or hot tub. The water's just too hot for them to go in safely.

6. keep the hot tub or jacuzzi temperature at or below 104 degrees.

Keep the jacuzzi temperature at or below 104 degrees F for everyone's safety, regardless of age.

7. no head-first slides.

Slide down the pool slide feet-first only. It's a safety thing.

8. don't just dive in.

In fact, for basic water safety don't dive in at all. Backyard pools aren't deep enough to make this fun but dangerous water-entry safe at home.

9. no rolling toys allowed.

No rolling toys allowed near the pool. The only kids to use them are young ones - those most prone to backyard pool accidents. Keep these two separate from one another.

10. don't leave without saying good-bye.

No exiting the yard without letting a parent know where you're going. And who you're going with.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the pool safety products and tools to keep kids safe around the pool.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.