Now that summer is in full swing, it’s likely you and your family are spending a lot of time cooling off by the pool. American Modern® knows it’s important to create poolside memories with your family and friends, and that’s why we’ve created this essential summer guide to keeping your backyard pool oasis secure and safe.
With drowning being the leading cause of accidental death in young children between the ages of 1-4, there are easy steps you can take to keep your children and others safe while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime. The following tips will make all the difference this summer, so you can unwind in the sun knowing your pool is overflowing with fun and safety.
When it comes to kids and swimming, your first priority is to equip them with swimming lessons, which often are offered for free or low-cost by your YMCA and other local sponsored programs. Not only will your little one master important water survival skills while building confidence, they will also learn about pool safety, such as staying away from drains and vacuums. Make sure to remind your child, “do not play or swim near drains or water outlets” especially shallow pools, and never let them enter a pool that has a loose, broken or missing drain cover. The same goes for hot tubs, though the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises that children under 5 should not use hot tubs.
During swim lessons, your child should be learning these five skills to ensure he or she is a strong swimmer.
- Step or jump into the water and return to the surface, that way if your child falls into the water unexpectedly, he or she will not panic.
- Floating or treading water for one minute is needed in order to build up endurance in the water.
- They will also be taught to turn around in a full circle while in the water and find an exit.
- Your child should be able to swim at least 25 yards to exit the water.
- Exiting the water, and especially in a pool, your little one should be able to climb out without using a ladder.
Now that you’ve invested in helping your tot become a skilled swimmer, let’s focus on some of the simple motions parents should be mastering.
The cheapest most effective pool alarm out there is your own eyes. Paying close attention to young children swimming and splashing around is the safest bet to keeping track of your child’s well being. In addition, adults should always stay certified in infant and child CPR.
And if there are instances where adult supervision fails, American Modern has collected some of the latest technologies and smart gear on the market that work hard at keeping your child safe whether the pool is in use or not.
First, be certain to install at least a four-foot fence with secure and auto closing gates. Guardian Pool Fences are especially designed with mesh to prevent children from climbing. They are affordable, removable and customizable. If you are looking for a more permanent fence, whether it is made of aluminum or wood, you can always install a gate alarm made by Smartpool.
For above ground pools, Protect-A-Pool fence is an easy-to-install with modular fence made from sturdy but lightweight resin. It’s rust proof and universally fits most above ground pools. The locking gate will be hard to reach for young children, and additional gate alarms can be installed as well, such as the Techko Safe Pool Alarm, designed to monitor any gate, door, window or other entryway to your pool area. It also comes with two additional sensors for your sliding glass door and screen door, leaving the alarm active while one may be open.
Smart pool alarms are also new technologies that virtually keep a watchful eye on the parameter of your pool. These alarms are known as invisible fences. You set up different points around your pool to create a laser field. When a child or a small animal penetrates the field, the alarm will sound. Blue Wave has designed an alarm to not only alert you to any entry into the pool area, but also will detect if any object, pet, or child over 18 pounds falls into the water. This added set of eyes could be a huge advantage in keeping your child safe around the pool.
Your children can wear pool alarms too! The Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm is an adorable, comfortable wristband worn by children to alert parents of any accidental tumbles into the water. It has a sensor that alerts a base station, notifying you of any submersions into pools, hot tubs, lakes, or any other body of water. The cute green turtle on the wristband will make kids excited to wear it all summer long!
When the pool is not in in use, always make sure your smart alarms are activated and take additional measures to place a safety pool cover or powered pool cover back on your underground pool or remove any ladders from above ground pools.
Finally, equip your pool with standard rescue tools that will assist you should any child slip into the pool. These are all inexpensive and necessary to have handy in case of any drowning emergencies.
First, you’ll need a Lifesaver With A Rope. You see these on the beach and at public pools, so you should see this on deck at your home pool. If someone is drowning, toss out a lifesaver so they can grab onto it while you pull them to the side of the pool and help them out. The rope is key so that you can pull them to safe grounds.
Shepard’s Hooks are also essential to have near your swimming sanctuary. It’s basically a metal loop shaped into a hook that you can attach to the end of your telescopic pole – the one you use for the pool skimmer. If someone is in danger, you wrap the hook around him or her and pull to safety.
Now that your pool is fully accessorized for safety, it’s also wise to outfit any child who is a non-swimmer or beginner swimmer with personal floatation devices, such as life vests or puddle jumpers. The best ones will have a United States Coast Guard approval mentioned in the product claims. These devices not only save lives, but they are always kid-friendly, kid-sized, and come in colorful designs, often with your child’s favorite character.
When it comes to swimming pools, safety, above all else, is king. Owning a pool can provide infinite entertainment during the summer months. It’s important to follow these simple safety tips from American Modern to safeguard your pool, which should be a haven and not harm your children. These tips could be the life-saving difference between a close call and calling 911.
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