For some, relaxing in a pool or lake is a great way to cool off on a sunny day. But for children or inexperienced swimmers, a large body of water may pose a risk if they are not careful.
According to Health Canada, children between 1-4 are most at risk for poolside accidents. In an effort to improve safety conditions they have released some tips for parents and caregivers to consider when supervising children around bodies of water.
You can view the full list on the Health Canada website. Some of the highlights include:
Supervision remains the most important part of water safety. Accidents can happen in a matter of seconds. If you have to turn away for a few moments, have another adult or caregiver take over watching your children.
Wear Proper Lifejackets
Foam rings, inflatable armbands, and other recreational floatation devices are not substitutes for lifejackets. A certified life jacket is designed to keep your head above water, and retain body heat when submerged.
Keep Young Children Close By
Especially in with toddlers and infants, it’s important to keep young children within arms reach whenever they are close to water. A child can suffer a fatal accident even within a few centimetres of water.
Barricade Pools When Not In Use
Make sure the barricades are at least 1.2 metres above the pool. The barricade should be self-closing and self-latching and out of reach of children. Anything that can be used to climb over the barricade, such as large toys or garden furniture, should be kept away from the pool when not in use.
When a child has suffered an injury as a result of a poolside accident, speak with a personal injury lawyer. He or she will be able to assess the extent of the injury and how to pursue a claim you’re your insurance company.