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 swimming pool or spa involved.
What a wonderful concept!
Since we're out there so much, we need to have a pool safety plan in place to keep young children safe.
These 10 pool safety tips for young children can help ensure everyone has fun in the sun - and water - safely.
Don't just dive in to the swimming pool.
In fact, for basic water safety, don't dive into the swimming pool at all.
Backyard pools aren't deep enough to make this fun but dangerous water-entry safe at home.
Instead, encourage kids to jump into the swimming pool feet first.
No glass allowed for the kiddies outside, near the pool or spa area.
Wet hands, like wet feet, slip up every now and again. Broken glass and bare feet are a terrible combination.
So limit glasses to grown-ups only, or ban them outside around the swimming pool altogether.
Kids under age 14 can swim or use the jacuzzi only when an adult is there to supervise. This is one of the pool safety tips you won't want to break, for safety's sake.
No infants or toddlers allowed in the jacuzzi or hot tub. You must be at least six years old. The water's just too hot for younger kids to go in safely.
Head-first dives into the pool are not allowed. Jump in feet first, or slide down the pool slide feet-first only. It's a safety thing.
No running or roughhousing around the pool and spa. Only walking is allowed.
As grownups know, wet feet can easily slip when running, and the tile or concrete surrounding a pool and spa is less than forgiving.
No rolling toys allowed in the pool area.
The only kids to using such toys are young ones - those most prone to backyard pool accidents. Keep these two separate from one another.
No exiting the yard and pool area without letting a parent know where you're going. And who you are going with.
With these pool safety rules in place, everyone can enjoy the sun time safely - together.
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