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Avoid the dreaded slips and falls of children in swimming pools and beaches


Tell me something, now that the summer holidays, and therefore the days at the beach and the pool, have arrived, what worries you the most? Surely the same as me, that children do not get hurt in the pool or on the beach and with that I include a lot of things: rslips, falls, bumps, scratches...

And it is then that I say to myself: 'calm down, I'm sure if I'm aware of my children none of this will happen'. Of course, the attention, precaution and care that we put in our children will be the first and most important step to avoid these childhood accidents, but there is still more. Here you have the complete guide with the best tips to avoid slips and falls at the pool and beach this summer. Fun is not incompatible with safety!

Summer is just beginning and the news is coming: a minor who has broken an arm due to slipping, another who has been hit in the pool ... And that's where we all think, could it have been prevented? Accidents, unfortunately, often happen without us being able to do anything, but it is true that there are a series of things that we can implement from the first day of summer to maximize security measures. We are going to see them one by one, surely that way we can all stay much calmer.

1. Be careful with the jumps and pirouettes in the pool

Children love to jump and do as many tricks as they go through their mind in the pool, it is good that they have fun but they do not have to break all the safety regulations. This summer, before the first bath, talk to your children about basic rules that must be strictly adhered to:

  • No head-jumping where it hardly covers.
  • Don't jump around other people.
  • From the back no, better from the front.
  • Sideways yes, but carefully.
  • No pushing friends into the water. They can drown.
  • Do not take a run because they can slip.
  • No jumping into the water near any curb.
  • He does not jump on any inflatable.
  • And, of course, no dangerous games like seeing who can hold their breath longer in the water.

The clearer the rules less bumps and falls there will be.

2. Non-slip sandals, don't miss out!

Let's see if this sounds familiar to you, your child leaves to take a bath in the pool to start playing with his friends at the races around the edge of the pool or leaves the water to rush to the bathroom ... Of course, more than once you have (or were about to) slip and have a good scare. Telling him not to run will be of little or no use to you, the key is to tell him to be careful and get her to wear sandals Non-slip water (not flip flops). Test passed!

3. And for the beach, what security measures should we take into account?

To avoid scares on the beach it is important heed the flags and do not jump or swim near rocks or breakwaters, it is in those places that the current can drag them and make them hit or cut their feet. It is also important to be careful when running from shore to jump into the water. If it is shallow, they can bump or twist their ankle when they trip over a rock. As we have said with the pool, do not jump near anyone or do pirouettes that are dangerous.

To finish we only have to do a review of the rest of the safety regulations that must be followed on the beach and in the pool.

- Hoses and floats yes, but always with vigilance
If it is a small child who still cannot swim, they should be fitted with sleeves or a float of their size, but this does not mean that they should be left in the water without adult supervision, that is where accidents often occur. If they are children who already know how to swim well and do not need any float, they can be given a little more margin, always indicating that they must be in the area of ​​the pool where they touch the ground with their feet. Anyway, you must always be aware of them. The lifeguards are there to control the pool but not to babysit our children.

- On the beach always aware of the little ones
For the beach, especially in crowded ones, you shouldn't lose a second of sight of the children. If they move away it will be very difficult to find them. They must be told where things are (next to the flag and 8 steps from the shore) in case they get lost so they know how to find us as well as write our phone on their arm in the case of younger children. In addition, it can be explained to them that if they get lost they should ask the lifeguard for help.

- Drink water and follow a proper diet
On the other hand, remember that children and adults should drink a lot of water, eat fresh fruit between meals to be well hydrated, always put on the sunscreen half an hour before going to the beach and repeat after each bath (a rule that you have also to continue in the pool) and avoid exposing yourself to the sun in the middle of the day. Heat strokes are also one of the most common accidents in summer and one of the easiest to avoid.

Enjoying a safe summer is possible!

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