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Summer Safety Tips for Safety in and Around the Pool!

toddler with inflatable floats swimming in pool

1. Supervision: Never underestimate the importance of constant supervision. Designate a responsible adult who can focus solely on supervising those in or around the pool.

2. Physical Environment: Ensure the pool area is free from hazards such as slippery surfaces, sharp edges, or obstacles that could cause trips or falls. Install non-slip mats and handrails where necessary.

3. Proper Entry and Exit: Teach your child proper entry and exit techniques to minimize the risk of falls or injuries. For individuals with mobility issues, consider the use of assistive devices such as pool lifts or transfer benches.

4. Swimming Skills Training: Enroll your child in swimming lessons appropriate for their age and abilities. Knowing how to swim can greatly reduce the risk of drowning. Reach out to our office for more information about our summer swim lessons and aquatic therapy.

A girl toddler in a swimsuit and sunscreen by the beach

5. Hydration and Sun Protection: Encourage staying hydrated and using sunscreen to prevent dehydration and sunburn, which can exacerbate existing health conditions.

6. Emergency Preparedness: Have a plan in place for emergencies, including knowing how to perform CPR and having necessary rescue equipment readily available.

7. Heat Management: Be mindful of hot weather conditions and take appropriate measures to prevent overheating, such as scheduling pool activities during cooler times of the day and providing shaded areas.

8. Education and Communication: Educate individuals, caregivers, and family members about pool safety protocols and ensure clear communication about any specific needs or limitations.

Remember, pool safety is not just a matter of convenience; it's a crucial aspect of promoting independence, well-being, and quality of life. Taking these precautions seriously can prevent accidents and allow everyone to enjoy the benefits of aquatic therapy and swim in a safe environment.

Hope these tips are helpful! If you need help designing your child's summer program, just reach out and ask! We’d love to help you enjoy a peaceful, happy, and productive rest of the summer.


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