Monday, May 24, 2010

Pool Safety Tip of the Week

If having a pool party, consider hiring a professional lifeguard, who's sole purpose is to watch the children.

While parents are off mingling with other parents, children are left alone in the water. Feeling it to be a safe environment, the parents are more relaxed and easy going. But the fact of the matter is that more and more children drown during pool parties.

Here are some other tips for pool parties:

1. By keeping the number of people invited to a pool party under 20, the lifeguard will be able to keep a closer eye everyone.

2. Do not invite children under five to a party for teenagers unless the parents agree to keep a life jacket on the child at all times.

3. Don’t assume that the child’s parent will watch the child.

4. When children are jumping off a diving board, set some ground rules. Such as, only one person diving at a time, wait in line, do not jump until the last diver has gotten out of the water, and do not jump towards the side of the pool.

5. Before anyone is allowed in the water, gather everyone around the pool and lay down the ground rules.

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