Safety for Kids

- keeping the young ones safe around the pool

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English-speakers call their children 'K I D S' which sometimes translates as 'small goats' or 'young goats'. If this happens in your language please remember that, although we care deeply about young animals, what we mean by K I D S is young humans!


Kids like to play in water and will happily spend all day in the pool if given the ghost of a chance

They do, however, need a lot of parental supervision to protect them from the obvious dangers 

  • Do not allow or encourage a child to hyperventilate in an attempt to swim underwater for longer. Hyperventilation can cause Shallow Water Blackout; considered to be a possible factor in around 50% of backyard pool fatalities
  • Have a set of Pool Rules, discuss them with the kids and get their agreement to abide by them
  • Start a reward system for obeying the Pool Rules - with demerits for breaking them
  • Remove small children from the pool if adults want to play rough
  • Water washes most sunscreen off – keep lathering it on the kids and yourself
  • Alternatively, buy a water-resistant sunscreen
  • Keep objects not in current use out of the pool: - kids will enter the water if they want something that they see floating in the pool
  • Drain and invert play-pools when they are not in use
  • Remove all pool tools and equipment (except the leaf-net and safety equipment such as life-belt and shepherds crook) from the pool area as they are tripping hazards
  • Don’t rely on lifeguards at public pools to watch over your children; they need your help as they are supervising many children at once
  • Don’t force children to participate - let them adjust to this new environment slowly
  • Take your mobile/cell phone to the pool area to remove any temptation to run into the house for ‘just a moment’
  • Replace any part of the pool equipment if it becomes damaged in any way
  • Make a note of the local Emergency Services’ phone numbers and store them in your mobile phone
  • Have a written set of directions to hand near the pool to direct Emergency Services to your home
  • Have these Instructions in the language of the country where you live: - e.g. if you live in France have the directions in French
  • REMEMBER that children must be constantly supervised when swimming
  • The more people in or around the pool, the more supervision is necessary
  • You need to assign one person - a 'swim-supervisor' - who is dedicated to watching the children; and keeps them in sight at all times
  • Even better is if the supervisor keeps the kids within arms' reach
  • If that person leaves the pool area, they must pass their duty to another responsible adult (preferably a sober adult who can swim and who has learned CPR techniques


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