This year was our first year having a pool in our backyard. It was a “grading gift” to my girls for such an awesome school year, but it was also a gift to all of us for the hot Saskatchewan summers. Pool safety was something that we started talking to our kids about from the moment we bought our pool.
Pool Safety in the Heat of Summer
*This is a sponsored post, I chose to share this with you because it is such an important topic.*
This summer we focused our pool fun on learning water and pool safety. The biggest rule we made and make sure our kids remember is that the pool is off limits unless Momma or Dadda are outside with them.
I do believe that our oldest, Austin, has gills hidden somewhere because she took to the water like a fish. Within a day she was swimming, and then after that everything else was fair game – swimming under water included.
Our youngest, Gauge, is unable to touch the bottom of our pool, but we bought him a pool float… a Superman one that encouraged him to want to wear it and want to go in the pool. He was the most reluctant to get into the pool, but the most important thing we could have done (other than being with him in the pool and having a floatie) was to not rush him.
By letting him set the pace in which he got into the pool he had some control in a new situation, in unknown territory, and in a potentially dangerous situation.
- Tragically, Canadians drown in pools and natural bodies of water like lakes and oceans every year.
- 1 in 5 fatalities from falls into water are children under the age of 5
- According to drowning statistics (2009-2014), an average of 35 children age 1-14 died by drowning each year while playing in or around water.
These tragedies could have been prevented through active supervision by a responsible adult
Backyard pools should be properly fenced and have self-closing and self-latching gates. Pool decks should be cleared of toys and debris to prevent trips and falls. Kiddie pools should be drained when not being supervised.
Visit redcross.ca for more information on how to keep your kids safe this summer.
Disclosure: I am sharing this important message as a member of the Red Cross Canada water and pool safety blog team working with Thrifty Mom Media. I have been compensated, but this is an issue that is important to me and my opinion is truthful.