The pool is the best way to escape the rising temperature this summer for your kids, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.
16 May 2018| Last updated on 10 July 2018
With temperatures soaring, spending time in the pool or at the beach is a great way to cool down in Dubai, obviously, your child’s safety is paramount.
A few simple but very important precautions ensure that everyone stays safe and has fun but would you or your child’s carer know what to do in an emergency?
Drowning is often quick and silent and among the top causes of accidental death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths according to the World Health Organization. For babies and young children, the risk of drowning can be as high at home in a few inches of water in the bath or a paddling pool as it might be in a river, swimming pool or the sea.
A young child can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. Children aged 1-4 years have the highest rates of fatal drowning in swimming pools according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US.
Parents must be aware that very young children can move extremely quickly and have no sense of danger so any adult with the child must be fully engaged, staying within arm’s reach of the child in case they get into difficulty.
Portable pools are small, inexpensive and easy to install but parents don’t always realise the potential risks. The highest number of drownings in children under 5 years occurs in their own portable pool.
Pool Safety Tips
Ensure there is ALWAYS adult supervision.
- Introducing your child to the water at a young age lets them gain confidence and enrolling them in swimming lessons when old enough helps to minimize potential risks.
- Keep the pool and surrounding area clear of potential obstacles after use. Floating toys are very tempting to small children and best removed when not using the pool. Small children’s pools should always be emptied after use.
- Consider fencing as it adds an important layer of protection around private pools, ideally 4 feet high with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Pool covers ensure no one can access the water.
- Remember to put away ladders that give access to portable pools when not in use. This helps prevent anyone entering the pool unsupervised.
- It’s a good idea to have ‘pool rules’ and discuss the reasons why these are so important with your children – public pools display safety notices/rules which should be followed at home eg no running around the pool or diving in shallow water. Ensure you or your child’s carer would know exactly what to do if your child got into difficulty.
- If a child is going to a pool at a friend's house be vigilant, ask parents if an adult will be supervising the children.
- Water wings and swimming aids can provide parents with a false sense of security. Floatation devices should be inspected regularly for holes or damage and changed as the child grows.
- Easy ways to prevent drowning include taking basic swimming lessons, isolating pools with fences, supervising children, wearing lifejackets while boating, and learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the CDC states.
Awareness and few simple precautions ensure everyone gets to cool off and have a great time!
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