Watch Your Kids Around Water

If you live in Arizona, it’s inevitable that you and your kids will be around a pool, lake, or river at some point. In this summer heat, every kid wants to jump right in, no matter how old or young they are. So, as we mentioned in our Memorial Day post, it’s imperative that you understand pool rules, pool safety, and are keenly aware of where your child is at all times. Swim lessons are a great idea as well. Here are some pool safety tips for a safe and fun summer here in Arizona!

Arizona Summer Pool Safety Tips

Pool safety doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, it really only involves a watchful eye an almost obsessive dedication to knowing where your child is at every second of the day, especially if you have a backyard pool or spa.

However, most parents cannot hold their child’s hands, literally, at every moment of the day, which is why these pool safety tips provided by PoolSafely.gov can make your life a lot easier.

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

The above are the simple tips, the ones that won’t cost you a dime and could save lives. Of course, one of the best things that you can do for your child is to get them into swim lessons. If you are not a swimmer, it might be a good idea for you to enroll in swim lessons as well. Swim lessons are a great way to teach your child not only how to swim, but to respect water. This respect for water that a child will learn in swim lessons might just be the thing that keeps them out of the pool when there are no adults around.

Do you know CPR? As parent in Arizona, even if you don’t have a pool the odds are pretty good that one of your neighbors does. It’s imperative that every parent learn CPR and understand the basics of life-saving. We hope that you never have to use these skills, but they are crucial to know.

Do you have the right pool equipment? If you have a pool in Arizona and have ‘one or more children under six years of age’ living at your home, you are required to have a pool fence.  A.R.S. § 36-1681 requires that a swimming pool be protected by an enclosure (wall, fence, or barrier) that surrounds the pool area.

You also should have pool alarms to alert you should a child fall into the pool when you are not around. Pool and spa covers are a wonderful addition to your pool safety, as well as door alarms. Consider slider-glass-door locks as well.

We want everyone in our AOA Family to have a safe, fun and ‘cool’ summer. So get those kids into swim lessons, get that pool fence fixed, and watch your kids around water.