Young kids and pools Creating a safety routine

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The pool and fencing industries have been trying extremely hard to get the safety message across about pool safety. The terrible, tragic drownings of children in swimming pools can be prevented. The best way to do that is with a combination of good safety routines and training. Kids need to know to treat the pool as a fun place but with respect for risks. Even the pool cleaner has to be a “don’t touch” thing.

Swimming pool fencing- Training and psychology

A good pool fence saves lives. So does keeping an eye on kids when they’re near the fence. Kids have a way of finding weak points in anything, so it’s worth watching how they behave around the fence. If they try to climb or get under the fence, you may have a problem.

A bit of psychology can also help. With young kids, an accomplishment is a big thing. Teach them how to shut the gate from the outside themselves, and it becomes a way of proving their skills. Keeping the gate shut is now a personal achievement.

If you’ve noticed they’ve been hanging around a particular area, see if there are any weak spots in that area. Take appropriate remedial action, but also check for any similar problems around the fence.

Safety gear is also another good option for some training. Young kids are naturally possessive of their toys. Give them their safety floaties, etc, and make it clear they own these things. If they can put them on themselves, they become real personal property. The “ownership factor” is a status thing.

Toddlers, obviously, can’t do these things. However, the average high performance two year old will respond to any game which involves them being clever, doing the right things, and getting some applause. This positive reinforcement, applied to basic safety routines is a good basis for pool safety education.

Pool equipment safety

Kids should also be highly respectful of pool equipment and units. Even a pool cleaner, a pool pump unit or other equipment can be a hazard for young kids. Keeping things out of reach is definitely the safest option, but you can also try the “Don’t touch Mummy’s/Daddy’s things” approach with the younger ones.

One piece of pool equipment can be an actual life saver. The pool blanket can keep kids physically out of the water. Pool blankets are tough, a bit too heavy for young children and difficult to move. They’re a good investment in a bit of extra peace of mind, as well as keeping debris out of the pool.

Above ground pools

These very common pools can be as potentially dangerous as the big inground pools if you don’t have good safety routines and precautions in place. A child proof fence can be easily installed, and a lock-down cover can prevent access.

Make things as safe as you can get them. Ask for assistance from your local pool suppliers, because they can also tell you how to get the things you need.

Above all- There is no substitute for parental supervision. Make sure someone’s on watch all the time, and there will be nothing to worry about.

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