During the summer months many families choose to pick up a portable swimming pool. This allows their children to cool off during the summer months right from the comfort of their own home. In the past it was thought that just making sure your child could swim was enough. Now however more needs to be done to keep your children safe. However, if you are going to be purchasing a small portable kiddie pool or a larger portable pool there are certain safety precautions that you will want to take first. Of course you will want to know CPR, just in case of an accident, but hopefully if you follow the tips below nothing will happen. So before you pick up your child’s kiddie pool take the time to review some of the tips below.
1. Remove the water or cover it
If you are using a small portable kiddie pool, you will want to make sure that you dump the water out after each use. Young children can easily drown in even a small amount of water. If you are using a larger portable pool where you can not just dump out the water, make sure that you have a pool cover that you can secure to the pool, and remove any ladder that you may have for the pool. The ladder should be locked in a garage or chained in an area away from the pool.
2. Get a fence
Even if you have just a small kiddie pool, you will want to make sure that you have a fence that can be closed and locked. This will help to ensure that no neighbors children are able to get into your yard and play in the pool. It may be more money than what you planned to spend, for a summer of fun, but it will be worth it in the long run.
3. Never leave children unsupervised
Never, ever leave your child unattended in or even near the pool. Even if it is a small pool and your children are a bit older, you will want to keep an eye on them at all times. An accident can occur within seconds.
4. Remove toys from the pool
When the pool is not in use remove all of the toys. If a child spots a toy in the bottom of the pool they may be tempted to go after it. If you remove the temptation they may be less likely to want to get in the water, when your back is turned.
5. Find a slip free area
Set up the pool in an area of the yard where they can not slip and fall. A slippery surface can cause the kids to slip and fall into the pool, or even hurt themselves outside of the pool. In some cases families will lay out a slip free mat that can surround the pool to make sure no one slips when it is in use.