Home > Kids > Childhood Safety > Outdoor Safety > Water Safety > Using the Pool Safely
|

Using the Pool Safely

Safety Savvy

If you learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you could save your child's life. Many children have been revived because an adult was able to begin CPR immediately, rather than have to wait for the arrival of emergency personnel. Baby-sitters, grandparents, and older siblings who supervise your child should learn it, too.

Up to now we've talked about protecting your kids when you aren't using the pool. But kids can drown while adults are pool-side, too. If you're having a social gathering, ask an adult to be the designated pool watcher, giving full attention to the task. Rotate the duty.

Here are some more pool rules:

  • If you have a pool cover, remove it completely before using the pool. A partially covered pool can trap a child.
  • Don't leave chairs or tables near fences that a small child could stand on to climb over.
  • Remove toys from pools so kids won't be tempted to reach in to retrieve them.
  • Don't allow tricycles or wagons in the pool area.

Keep rescue equipment by the pool: a life pre-server, rope, shepherd's crook, and a phone for calling rescue personnel if necessary. If there is an emergency, yell for help, then start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If there's no one else present who can call 911, perform CPR for one minute, then quickly call 911, and then resume CPR.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that even if your child acts normal after being revived, she should still be seen by her doctor right away.

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Child Safety © 2000 by Miriam Bacher Settle, Ph.D., and Susan Crites Price. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

jack-o'-lantern creator

Design and print
your own
jack-o’-
lanterns!

GO

highlights

Top 10 Free Homework Help Websites
Is helping your child with homework more frustrating and confusing than ever before, thanks to the new Common Core standards? Check out the best free homework help websites to boost kids' success in math, science, English, and more.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

11 Fantastic Fall Apple Desserts
Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple dessert baking in the oven. Use up your family's surplus of apples with our 11 favorite apple dessert recipes.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!