There is no substitute for a pair of watchful eyes supervising children in the pool. Especially if there are a few children in the pool, they can get easily carried away and it can be difficult to monitor who is doing what. With child drownings on the rise, set up a good practice of always having an adult watch the pool area and educating the kids that there MUST be someone outside with them.
When the kids are being cooled down by the crystal clear water of their backyard pool, it can be deceiving to them that they are not feeling hot or even getting burnt. The reflection of water acts as a double hit with the sun and it is important to reapply sunscreen every two hours. It is also important to note that in order for sunscreen to be effective, it must be applied twenty minutes before sun exposure.
To prevent heat stroke, headaches, and even muscle cramps while the kids are swimming, make sure they are drinking lots of fresh water. Sun exposure and strenuous activity (such as swimming) are the perfect combinations for dehydration. Encourage the kids to have a little break from the sun and sit in the shade for a little while to break up the sun exposure.
Be up-to-date with your first aid. It may not be as severe as having to resuscitate someone, but having a general overall knowledge of first aid can make time in the swimming pool all the more enjoyable. Knowing how to administer and treat conditions such as CPR, heat stroke, asthma attacks, cuts, and bruises will give you that peace of mind you need to sit back and soak in the atmosphere of your fantastic backyard pool.
Your pool is there to be enjoyed so take good care of it with regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent any bacteria in the water or uninvited floating guests. If you can, install an outdoor umbrella or have a shaded area of your pool, so you can enjoy being around your pool without being in it. If you’re indulging in some beverages poolside, avoid glass – if this breaks in your pool, your pool will have to be drained and that’s not an overly fun way to spend your weekend!