8 Ways to Develop a Safety-first Mindset Around Home Pools

Yay! Summertime is just around the corner and folks around the country are readying their pools for sun-soaked and fun-filled family pool days. But behind the laughter and the cannonballs lies a sobering statistic: for children aged 1-4 in the U.S., drowning tops the charts as the leading cause of injury death.  Just as we teach our kids to look both ways before crossing the street, instilling a safety culture around the home swimming pool, in addition to using pool alarms and sensors, is something we can all do to dial down the risk of poolside accidents. With millions of backyard pools dotting American homes, ensuring our little swimmers are safe is as crucial as ever.

 

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So, here are some practical tips for doing just that:

1. Set some pools safety rules

Just like public pools have guidelines, set firm, clear rules for your pool. These could include no swimming without an adult present, mandatory use of armbands or floaties for non-swimmers, and no diving in shallow areas.

2. Be the pool safety role model

Lead by example and stick to the pool rules yourself. Whether it’s walking instead of running, or always wearing floaties, if they see you doing it, they’re more likely to do the same.

3. The Safety Huddle

Having regular pool safety chats as part of your family routine makes sure everyone is in the loop. Talk about any worries, share lessons from past incidents, and ensure the whole family is committed to keeping the swim area safe.

4. Be Consistent in enforcing the rules

Make it clear that safety during pool time is a top priority. It’s important to be firm yet consistent in enforcing the rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

 

5. Gear up for safety

Outfit your pool area with the necessary safety gear. It isn’t just about preparation, it’s a visual cue you take pool safety seriously. Life jackets, reaching poles, and a well-stocked first aid kit should be a part of the poolside landscape.

6. Learn CPR

If you have a pool, knowing CPR and basic water rescue techniques is super important. These skills could turn you from just another bystander into a lifesaver!

7. Secure the pool area

Prevent unsupervised access by installing fences and swimming pool alarms around your pool. Make sure to regularly check these barriers are doing their job and that gates are locked tight and pool guard pool alarms are activated, when adults aren’t around to keep an eye out.

8. Supervise pool activity diligently

When it comes to pool safety, there’s really no substitute for active and engaged supervision. When your little ones are splashing around in or near the pool, do your best to watch them without distractions – and we get it, it’s a challenge with our mobile phones constantly begging for our attention!

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So, this summer, with just a bit of prep, some consistent rules, and maybe a high-tech helper like MYLO, you can rest easy knowing your family is splashing safe and secure.

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