When doing research for this blog post, all that came up on google was about making drinking water safe. Well done to those content creators and SEO wizards, but what about safety tips for keeping our little ones physically safe in/near water? And I’m not just talking about the local swimming pools, lakes and oceans. I’m talking about water safety tips at home for baths, paddling pools and even buckets.
Summer is a fantastic time of year, where the weather is lovely enough for you to get outside and play in water. Please make sure you are doing so safely, so that everyone can enjoy water-play all summer long! The following water safety tips at home will help make this happen!
Get rid of the distractions and watch kids when they are in or around water
Never be more than an arm’s length away when your little person is playing in or around water. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water, so this one is important!
Empty tubs, buckets, tuff trays, containers and kids’ pools immediately after use
Always store these upside down and out of reach of children – especially if they’re kept outside where rain could refill them between uses.
Close the lids and doors
I’m talking about lids. Toilet lids. And I’m looking at the men in my life. It’s not enough to just lower the seat, close the toilet lid, and shut the bathroom/utility/laundry door.
Ensure your backyard pool is fenced with a child-proof gate
This one is a legal requirement in many areas anyway. But please make sure to follow guidance and put a fence around any backyard pools!
Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills
We thoroughly recommend learning CPR, it’s a skill that you hope you never have to use. However, trust me when I say that it’s a skill that you’ll never regret learning. Also learn basic water rescue skills – how to safely pull someone to safety if they get into a difficult situation in a pool. Remember to always check for dangers to yourself before putting yourself in harm’s way to help someone in trouble.