As parents or guardians of our little ones, we must take every precaution to make sure our children are safe while in or around the water. While teaching infants and children how to swim and survive in the water is very important, it is still necessary to be with them while they enjoy the pool. Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water. This means that drowning can happen at any point when your child is around a sink, bathtub, toilet, bucket, or any other small body of water.
We cannot just assume that a child is safe because he or she knows how to swim. Safety is important, and there are many steps you can take in order to minimize the risk of an infant or child accidentally falling into the family pool.
A few of these precautions include:
- Lack of supervision is believed to be a contributing factor to over 70% of all drowning deaths at a public pool. This does not mean that supervision should be taken any less seriously at home
- Pool Alarms
- A pool alarm will alert a parent or guardian when the body of water is disturbed. In the unfortunate event that your child falls into the water, the alarm will alert you.
- Pool Safety Fencing
- Surround your family pool with a strong, durable safety fence that is climb-resistant as well.
- Powers Swimming Lessons
- Get the best training possible for your infant and child at Powers Swimming. Just 10 minutes a day will make a difference in your child’s life!
- CPR Lessons
- To learn infant CPR, make sure you are taught by a certified instructor. Common places to learn are hospitals, community centers, and local chapters of the American Red Cross.
Watch as olympic swimmer Janet Evans discusses on the Today Show the importance of teaching your children to swim: