Lighthouse Thoughts

July 27, 2015

Water Safety

     Once you have childproofed your home, you will realize that the great outdoors presents a whole new set of problems. When outdoors, babies or toddlers should never be left unsupervised especially if there is a water:  a hot tub, swimming pool, ornamental garden pond, or even a kiddy pool. Always follow strict water safety rules:

  • Swimming pools should be equipped with appropriate life-saving devices.
  • Be aware: pool covers do not provide the necessary safety that a fenced-in pool area provides.
  • Do not rely on flotation devices to protect your child- Top heavy toddlers may not be able to flip onto their backs or get their face out of the water even when wearing a life-vest.
  • Children of all ages and swimming abilities still need adult supervision.
  • No running by the pool.
  • Small children should wear safety devices the entire time they are in the pool area not just while in the water. 
  • Children should not be allowed to stand on the edge of an adult pool and get things out of or scoop out water.
  • Always remove toys, floats, and so on from the pool after use.
  • Teach children that they are not allowed in the pool or pool area without an adult
  • Child adult ratio should be: one adult for every three children.
  • If pool is over 5 feet deep, one adult should know lifesaving techniques.
  • Make sure all latches are in working order and that your child cannot open.


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