When you have a toddler at home, you need to make sure he or she is safe from the dangers of drowning in the swimming pool. The truth is, your whole house should be safe for your child to live in.

 

But above all, water poses a different kind of threat. It is actually more dangerous compared to the other areas in your home. You turn around for a couple of minutes and your child may already be in danger of drowning. It does not really matter if it is a bucket of water, your bathtub or the deeper swimming pool. Your child can fall into any of these and be helpless in getting their head above the water.

 

The thing about drowning is the children cannot really shout. They fall and sink under like a rock. There is no thrashing above the water. You will not hear them because they are underwater. Within 2 minutes, they will already lose consciousness. After 4 to 6 minutes, there will be too much brain damage that it is oftentimes too late to save them.

How to protect your toddler from drowning in your pool

You want to make sure they are protected from this danger by following these safety tips.

Keep your child close.

Do not turn away from your child when they are playing near the pool. Always have them within your line of vision. Beyond that, you also have to stay close to them. In case they slip and fall into the water, you need to be able to reach them immediately. If you have to leave, you should take your child with you.

Know where it is safe to swim.

In case you are swimming in a different place, you have to make sure it is maintained well. You need to be careful of slippery areas and you should also be aware of the safe places for your child to swim in.

Do not completely rely on the lifeguard.

Although there is a lifeguard, you should not rely on them to take care of your child. Remember that they are looking after everyone. They might be distracted with someone else needing their help and fail to save your child.

Be cautious even if the water is shallow.

You should not feel too complacent even if the water in the swimming pool is shallow for your child. If they happen to slip and swallow a mouthful of water, they might panic and fail to stand immediately. You need to be able to help them get up – otherwise, they might end up drowning.

Install a fence or barrier.

It can be a plastic fence that is 4 feet high. This should be enough to hinder your child from venturing into the water. You can also install a gate or something that will keep the kids from the danger of falling and drowning underwater. There is also a rigid cover that will keep your child from the water.

Set up an alarm.

There are things like sonar alarms that will alarm you if someone is venturing towards your swimming pool. If you will install a gate towards the pool, make sure the gate has a bell or something that will let you know that the gate is being opened.

Be aware of the drain dangers.

Believe it or not, there are also dangers in the drain. Sometimes, the suction is too strong that the swimsuit or hair of your child might get stuck. This can also cause them to drown. Make sure you have anti-entrapment covers for the drain. It also helps to have two drains in your swimming pool. This will lower the suction power in both drains and will lessen the danger.

Know what to do when there is an emergency.

Finally, you have to make sure you know what to do in case of an emergency. Even after all of your preparations, something can still happen. You need to have a plan in case an accident takes place. Learn how to do CPR and call 911 quickly. Panicking will make things worse.

 

Take note that even if your child knows how to swim, that does not mean they are not in danger of drowning. So always be vigilant when it comes to the safety of your child. Teach them how to keep a level head even in the midst of emergencies. Their ability to keep themselves from panicking can save their life.