Swimming pools are a great fun for a family but can be extremely dangerous at times, especially for the children. However, it is recommended that do not install a swimming pool in your house until your child is 5 years old, if you already have a pool in your yard, here are some safety tips that you should follow to protect them from drowning:

* Never leave the children alone near or in the pool, even for a minute

* An adult should always be available at an arm’s length from the child

* It is wise to put up fence that separates the house from the swimming pool area. Most of the young children drowning in a pool wander out from the house and end up falling into it. The fence should be at least 4 feet high and should be around all the four sides of the pool. This fence should completely separate the house and the play area from the pool

* Use gates which not only self-close but also self-latch, and the latch should be higher than the children’s reach

* Keep rescue equipments, such as shepherd’s hook and life preservers by the pool side and also a telephone that can be used in case of an emergency

* Air filled swimming aids should not be used as substitutes for approved vests

* It is better to remove all the toys from the swimming pool after use so that the children do not get tempted to reach out for them

* After your children have played in the pool, make sure to secure it so that they do not get back into it without your notice

* Power safety covers can also be used to add protection to your children but it should not be considered as a substitute for the fence between the pool and the house

Teaching swimming to the children is the first and most important step towards children’s safety in the swimming pools but this does not mean that you can let your children swim freely in the pool. Taking care of all these safety measures will keep your children safe in the water and avoid any unnecessary complications.

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