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 have a pool safety plan in place to keep the little swimmers safe.
These 10 pool safety rules for kids can help ensure everyone has fun in the sun - and in the water - safely.
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.
Instead, encourage kids to jump in feet first instead.
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.
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.
No infants or toddlers allowed in the jacuzzi or hot tub. The water's just too hot for them to go in safely.
Slide down the pool slide feet-first only. It's a safety thing.
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.
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.
No exiting the yard without letting a parent know where you're going. And who you're going with.
With these pool safety rules in place, everyone can enjoy the sun time safely - together.