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Keep Your Kids Safe at the Pool

Sun Safety
Just one sunburn during childhood raises the risk of skin cancer. Experts say that parents should keep babies out of the sun as much as possible during their first six months. After that, you can keep your kids protected from the sun by following these tips.

Do dress your baby in protective clothing

  • Cover your baby in lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If your kids are outside a lot, it’s probably worth investing in UV-protective clothing.

Don’t use any ol’ sunscreen

  • For kids with sensitive skin, choose a hypoallergenic, chemical free formula with zinc oxide or titanium oxide with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Replace your sunscreen periodically – the active ingredients lose effectiveness after a while. Do not use last year’s bottle - .buy a new bottle at the start of each season.

Water Safety
Now that Sun Safety is taken care of, and before you even think about letting your kids in the pool this summer, you need to make sure the pool water itself is clean and safe!

Do test the water daily

  • You’ll need to test the water and make sure the free chlorine level never falls below 1 ppm (parts per million). Chlorine is the sanitizer for your pool water (and drinking water!), and the more people in your pool, the more likely the chlorine will be used up faster.
  • Yes – both traditional chlorine and saltwater pools use chlorine as the sanitizer!

Don’t assume saltwater pools are easier

  • Whether you have a traditional chlorine pool or a saltwater pool – you need to keep on top of testing and maintaining it regularly, especially when your pool sees a lot of use.
  • No matter what kind of pool you have, you need to test it. Every day!

Swim Safety
The CDC estimates that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children. Kids should never be unsupervised around any body of water and these tips will help you feel better about their safety.

Do use swimming aids

  • Have your child wear a personal flotation device that fits properly and is approved by the U.S Coast Guard.
  • Swimming aids like water wings or noodles are fun, but they should never be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

Don’t let your children use other floats until they’re old enough.

  • Until your child is old enough to swim independently, floats like noodles and kickboards are not recommended. They can get away from the child, causing a potential for drowning.