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Basic Pool Rules for Kids
A backyard swimming pool can be a playground for the kids, especially during the summer. It’s a lot of fun in hot weather and great exercise. It can become hours of fun and quality family time, as well as a great place to entertain. However, having a pool and maintaining your kids and guest’s safety should be taken VERY seriously.
Along with owning a pool comes your responsibility to safeguard it. Here we provide some steps to help you along the way and rules ot put into place. These will help increase safety.
Always have an adult nearby. Even if you’re a great swimmer, having an adult near-by can help ensure if you were to choke on water. There are silent drownings so it’s important because not everything can be planned.
EVERYONE follows the rules. There are no exceptions for the older kids. Keep your foot down and maintain consistent rules to ensure everyone’s safety.
NO head-first diving under 8ft of water depth. If the pool’s depth is under 8ft, we highly advise against head-first diving. If you hit your neck on the bottom of the pool in the right way, it can very serious and dangerous. It’s best to avoid. Be sure to only dive in the deep end when the depth of the water is over 8-10ft.
Always wear sunscreen. It’s important to protect your skin when in the sun and especially during prolonged hours in the water. The water reflects onto your skin and can increase the risk of burning.
No running on the deck! You could slip or trip on the deck and hurt yourself or the others around you. Walk slowly and take your time.
No hanging on each other in the pool! Often when kids play in the water they can get excited and jump on each other’s backs and so forth. We don’t recommend this as it can cause back injury or catch someone off guard. It’s just not safe.