Summer is here, school vacation just around the corner and with those hot days and balmy nights it’s no wonder the kids are clamoring to jump in the pool at every chance they get. But with all that aquatic fun comes a huge responsibility for parents and pool owners to keep our children safe.
In my role as a pool safety advocate parents ask me how can I keep their children safer around water? Every pool scenario and family I see is unique and certain strategies will work better for one family than another. My main advice to parents is to layer the protection around the pool instead of relying on a single product or strategy. That way if one “layer” should breakdown there are additional layers in place.
Owning a swimming pool is a huge responsibility, but the benefits to health, happiness and family life are immeasurable. Taking a few steps now will help ensure your pool provides happy memories all season long!
Geoff Dawson is the owner of the Pool Safety Resource. He is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and Safe Kids Seminole County and provides education to parents and children. He lives in Longwood with his wife Anna and teen son Philip.
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