Children are naturally drawn to water. Makes sense—they float around in their mama’s fluids for nine months before joining us in the outside world. As infants and toddlers, many children enjoy splashing in the pool or other small bodies of water. Like most other aspects of their lives, water play requires a certain degree of caution, as well as safety measures.
In this Triple P post, we break down some lesser-known water safety facts and provide tips for keeping your children safe this summer.
Water, Water, Everywhere!
During the summer months, many families like to have water tables, sprinklers, and small swimming pools available in their back or front yard for children to play in. Just like it is never safe to leave your infant or toddler alone in the bathtub, same goes for any small bodies of water, including baby pools.
Less obvious places to be careful of include:
- Rain barrels
- Watering cans
- Buckets filled with water
Because young children can drown in only a few inches of water, always empty out containers of water when you are not using them. (A bonus is that this also discourages breeding mosquitoes!) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using “touch supervision” while in the water, meaning that you stay within arms reach of your child when they are in or around water.
Precautions at a glance:
- Never leave young children unattended near water.
- Empty containers of water.
- Put away inflatable pools when not in use.
- Consider fencing around permanent, small bodies of water at your home, such as a fountain or pool. The AAP recommends that backyard swimming pools, (including large, inflatable above-ground pools), be surrounded with at least a 4-foot high fence with a self-closing latch at least 54 inches high.
- Do not use a pool cover in place of a four-sided fence.
- Lock away your pool chemicals and pool filtration equipment.
For more tips and to read the full article, visit lanekids.org.
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