At SWFL Pool Solutions, we are all about meeting your pool needs. That’s why we offer exceptional swimming pool maintenance in Bonita Springs. We also care about the families we work for and understand that pool safety is important for every family, especially if you have a pool in your backyard. Safety starts with teaching your children how to swim, as drowning is a common cause of death among children. If you think your child is too young, or you aren’t sure what age you should teach them, continue reading. We’ll share some important tips on pool safety for children.
Teach Your Kids How To Swim Early
The best time to teach your children swimming basics is between ages one and four but children can get acquainted with the water as early as six months. Between the ages of six months and three years, they learn how to be less afraid of water which can be beneficial as they get older and take on more challenging lessons. Parents will also become educated on how to keep their children safe near water.
Even if your child is older than four, it is never too late to learn. Although these are the recommended ages, it is important to note that children learn at different paces. If your child is between ages one and four but has not developed emotionally, or physically as his or her peers, don’t force lessons. Always consider their capabilities beforehand.
Install Pool Fences
Ensure your children are safe by installing pool fences. The recommendations for a pool fence are:
- At least 4×4 feet on all sides of the pool.
- Climb-proof, so avoid using chain-link fences.
- Limited slat space – no more than four inches of space between them.
- A latch to open the gate that is out of children’s reach.
It is important that you keep the gate locked at all times. If your child is staying at somebody else’s home and they have a pool, find out if they use a pool fence. A pool fence is not a national requirement, so if they don’t have one, make sure it will be difficult for your child to access the pool.
Use An Alarm
After you have received our pool service in Bonita Springs and your pool is clean and in perfect swimming condition, it may be tempting for little kids to swim without parental supervision. If you are not nearby, a pool alarm system will notify the household when a child has entered the pool. It can also detect the presence of animals and intruders. It’s an additional level of safety that some parents can’t afford to do without.
Treat the pool alarm like you would regular alarms in your home. Make sure it is in good condition and batteries are routinely changed. It’s important to note that although a pool alarm system can offer protection, it should not be used in place of a pool fence.
You can buy multiple alarms and have them placed throughout the home. The two best locations are the pool fence gate and any windows in the home that face the pool.
Use A Pool Cover
It doesn’t usually get cold enough in South Florida to utilize pool covers, but some parents use them when the pool isn’t being used frequently, as it protects the pool from debris. Additionally, it can be used as a safety measure. If you are planning to use your pool cover in this way, make sure the material covers the entire pool. There should be no space big enough for a small child to slip through. Make sure to keep water off your pool cover, as children can drown in less than two inches of water.
If you are a pool owner, it is advised that you learn CPR, even if you don’t have children. Adults can get into serious accidents, too. Make sure you and every member of your family enroll in CPR training and that your children know how to contact emergency services after an accident.
Contact SWFL Pool Solutions
There are so many benefits to owning a pool. It is a luxury that not every homeowner can enjoy. Don’t turn this source of enjoyment into one of regret. At SWFL Pool Solutions, we care about our customer’s well-being. We’re here when you need us. For swimming pool maintenance in Bonita Springs, and other information contact our team. Call (239) 494-6378 for your pool needs.