Consumer Reports: Keeping Kids Safe Around Pools | Toronto Teacher Mom

Consumer Reports: Keeping Kids Safe Around Pools

Friday, July 01, 2011

This weekend, we celebrate a much anticipated holiday both north and south of the border. With Canada Day and the fourth of July, you can be sure families will be out and about, enjoying the summer weather. A popular activity is swimming and that is definitely something my kids enjoy. Unfortunately, swimming pools can be dangerous if we do not take the necessary steps to protect our children and teach them important safety rules.

Consumer Reports just released recommendations for keeping kids safe around pools. Here is an excerpt:
  • Teach your children to stay away from pool drains.
  • Don’t allow children to wear dangly necklaces or wear their hair long and loose in or around the pool, to prevent getting entangled in a drain.
  • Give your children swimming lessons and learn about water safety.
  • Don’t leave toys in the pool when they’re not in use.
  • Empty the wading pool when it’s not in use and store it upside down.
This summer, my daughter will continue her swimming lessons but it will be a first for my son. I think it's really important that they both know how to swim and learn about water safety. Do you have any water safety tips you feel are important?

Disclosure: I chose to share this information with my readers because I feel it's important to be aware of keeping children safe around pools. I was not compensated in any way. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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