Pools: the best form of entertainment for our families and trained swimmers, yet one of the biggest safety threat to our toddlers. So what do we do?
For many young parents, pools have become no more than another red flag when ensuring the safety of their young ones. As a parent of 3, I would be lying if I said I didn’t share in this thought until my youngest was 10 years old and had years of swim lessons. That being said, my view on pools as a safety issue has lessened greatly as we began to inform ourselves and all of our parents and homeowners, on the numerous safety items available. All of these products exist to allow us as parents and families to enjoy our beautiful summers by the pool, while ensuring the safety of our little ones.
The reality is, pools can be very dangerous if we have not equipped ourselves and our property with the necessary tools to prevent incidents. As a child-safety expert, it is my opinion that the two most important tools we can acquire as individuals are CPR and lifeguard training. As pool owners and parents, it is of utmost importance that we as our children’s’ heros are truly qualified and able to save the day if a water related incident were to occur.
Both forms of training are accessible city-wide in a variety of parent-friendly schedules and formats. If you want to book either please contact us and we will set this up for you. At the end of the day, it’s not too often we let our kids skip their swimming lessons, maybe it is time we start showing up to ours?
The next step in creating a safe pool environment is implementing barriers. What do I mean by that? As parents of swimmers or non swimmers, it is imperative that pools are fenced off according to city code, with automatic closing/locking gates. While my three girls were growing up, our backyard was one of their favorite places to be together and to blow off steam after a long day in class. It was always important to us that this opportunity was still available to them despite a pool that took up the back half of the yard. Fencing a pool properly is not only the law but allows parents to have their child play freely outdoors. A great solution that we have chosen to provide to our community for over the past 25 years is Baby Barrier – Easy, sleek, and most importantly Child-proof. Once locked, your pool will automatically be inaccessible to your non-swimmers, and your worries can be put at ease.