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How do I keep my children safe at the pool?

During the summer months, many people in Connecticut look forward to spending their days on the beach or at a pool. However, if you have young children and you do not exercise certain safety measures, a relaxing day at the pool may result in injury or even death. According to Healthy Children, it may be a good idea to enroll your children in swimming lessons, even as toddlers. This is especially true if you plan to swim often or have a pool at your home. Even if your children already know how to swim, constant supervision is necessary. You should be actively watching children in the water, rather than using your phone or devoting your attention to other tasks.

If you own a pool, you should enforce certain safety measures. First, barricade the pool with adequate fencing so that little ones cannot access it by accident. Keep the area around the fence clear of furniture and other large objects, since children may be able to use those to scale the fence. As an extra precaution, you may wish to install a door alarm that will alert you if your child steps out into the yard where the pool is located.

Make sure that your own children, as well as guests, understand and follow safety precautions around the pool. No one should run near the pool's edge or dive into shallow water. Always assess the water's depth before attempting to dive, and never go face-first into an above ground pool. Do not allow the use of large toys with wheels near the water, as they may be a tripping hazard. Whether you spend your time in the water in your own home or a public pool, always keep water safety at the forefront of you mind, and teach your children to do the same.

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