It is a frequently discussed topic in the (Australian) media: Children who got in danger in and around water. Not only open waters like lakes or the sea but also (private) swimming pools can be full of danger. Only telling your children to stay away from the water when they are not (yet) able to swim is not always a proper solution. Sometimes other simple things are necessary to protect the little ones from getting themselves in danger. We listed some useful tips which can be easily applied and make sure your kid is safe.
Make sure that all kids in the pool area without a swimming certificate wear armbands. This is specifically necessary when you are not able to constantly supervise them. If a child accidently falls into the water he/she will always float which gives you the time to quickly make your way to the pool. Armbands can be taken off once they know how to swim!
Not only the water itself but also the area around the pool can be dangerous because of the slippery tiles. Make sure that children wear pool shoes or other water repellent footwear. Also make sure to have some spare pool shoes in house in case guests come over.
Pool covers can prevent your pool water from getting dirty or even keep the warmth of the water. If you already own one why not make more use of it? You can easily cover the pool every time it is not being used. This indicates that the pool area is closed and that kids have to stay away from it.
Give the little ones with their own paddling pool! It is still highly recommended to keep an eye on the kids whilst they play in their pool, however there is less temptation for them to approach the ‘adult’ swimming pool. Make sure to place the paddling pool away from the main swimming pool, as well as their playing area(s) in general.