Our family loves this time of year. So much is going on; the kids getting ready to end school, everything is blooming with life everywhere, time to get the bathing suits out, just so much will be going on this summer. With 3 little kids, it can be a long summer but also a relaxing and fun one.
No more waking up at 7:30am to get ready for school, we can sleep in and plan for fun things to do during the week and weekends. One of the best ways my kids like to enjoy summer is in the water. From playing he backyard with water guns and their water play area, to beach trips and the local swimming pool, our kids will be plenty busy keeping cool. With temperatures around 100 constantly and peaks of 110, it’s important to stay cool.
What we as parents have to elevate for sure is our awareness. With the kids being around, many days will be all day, there are going to be many more chances of them being able to hurt themselves. We let our kids be active, but we also have to make sure we keep an eye on everything they do.
I would have to say one of their favorites and I think it’s safe to safe one of many kid’s favorites things to do is swimming. While we love our beach trips, a swimming pool is sometimes so much easier to do. Just some towels, no sand, and no long drive. My kids can go for hours. With a pool however comes serious rules that children need to be aware and taught, but also made to follow. Us parents don’t just enforce rules to be mean, there is real reasons behind our parenting!
We partnered up with The ZAC Foundation, an organization that teaches and promotes education and advocacy programs. The ZAC Foundation is named for Zachary Archer Cohn, a 6-year-old who died in 2007 while swimming because his arm was trapped by the suction created by the pool draining system. He was a smart and inquisitive boy and his family crated the ZAC Foundation to honor his memory and to educate and provide parents and children for a lifetime of water safety.
Visit the ZAC Foundation for great water safety tips and information on resources and ZAC Camps. ZAC Camps are for parents and their children ages birth to teenagers. Much the of The Foundation’s goal is to educate and inform parents of children ages 5-9 with water safety and awareness.
I unfortunately have heard too many sad stories of children and pool related deaths. Water is not something that should be taken lightly. Children can inhale water and still suffocate by it later, it’s important that children are supervised to prevent drowning.
A good place to always start for any parent and child concerning pool safety is the The ABC&D’s of water safety:
- ADULT: Never let children be alone near or in a pool, ocean, lake, or river. Children should be taught to never swim without an adult present.
- BARRIER: Have a four-sided fence that goes around your pool with a self-locking gate.
- CLASSES: Kids and adults should take safety classes like swim lessons and CPR.
- DRAINS: ALL swimmers should stay away from all pool and spa drains to avoid becoming trapped by the suction.
Our oldest loves swimming and enjoys her swimming class. She is working to make her local swim team!
IMPORTANT — POOL DRAIN SAFETY
I want to add I think one thing that many people do not realize and that I learned from the ZAC Foundation resources is about Pool Drain Safety and what to watch out for. Drain entrapment is what can be very fatal to a small child and any child even adult. Drain Entrapment can happen when a person or even something attached to a person, like ornamentation on a bathing suit or long hair not pulled back, gets sucked into a pool or spa drain. The force is so great that a child cannot escape it.
Drain entrapment can be prevented and avoided. Have a licensed pool professional check the drains regularly. Always shut down any pool or spa immediately if the drain cover becomes loose or falls off. Until a licensed professional repairs the drain cover, the pool needs to be avoided. The biggest safety steps are to have an emergency pump shutoff system along with anti-entrapment drain covers installed.
Have a safe summer and enjoy the water, just play it safe!
Find out more safe pool advice and information by visiting the www.TheZACfoundation.com. Also be sure to check out and follow the ZAC Foundation Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for more information. Also be sure to check out The ZAC Foundation’s Drain Entrapment Video.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.