5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Pool This Summer

School is just about over and it’s time for summer fun! The sun is shining, and the temperature is rising. Where else to be but splashing around in the pool? Here are 5 tips for staying safer at the pool.

Wear Plenty of Sunscreen

Protect your skin with a high SPF sunscreen, no matter your skin tone. Reapply as needed throughout the day. Don’t forget the tops of your ears and any exposed scalp. Kids need help applying sunscreen, so be sure to assist the little ones! Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat too for further protection from those strong rays.

Make Sure There’s a Lifeguard or Responsible Adult Present

Kids need supervision always, and especially by the pool. If there’s no lifeguard at the pool, make sure a capable adult has their eyes on the kids the entire time they’re in and around the pool. It only takes a moment for an accident to happen.

Walk, Don’t Run

It’s fun to run, but not near the pool. The ground is wet and slippery. Wear proper footwear and keep a safe distance from the edge of the pool.

Play in the Shallow End

The “deep end” is for advanced swimmers or kids with an instructor. There’s plenty of fun to be had in the shallow water, and it’s much safer. Stick to the “kiddie” pool to be even safer.

Follow the “Buddy” System

Pair the kids up with a friend to stick with while in the pool. If their buddy goes missing, even for a few seconds, direct your child to find an adult fast.

Do you have additional pool safety tips you’d like to share? Enjoy your summer!

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By: Melissa A. Kay

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