This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Water Safety 101
I have to be honest with you. There are 2 reasons I choose the house I live in currently. The kitchen and the community pool. Okay, I choose the kitchen and the husband and kids choose the pool–but if they are happy, I am happy. And secretly, I LOVE our community pool. There are 3 pools, water slides, a snack shop and a mini splash pad. It is truly a fun place to spend most of our summer days.
I never wanted a pool in my own backyard. As nice as that would be, I did not want the upkeep or the worry. I grew up with my grandparents having a pool. While I remember tons of fun, I also remember the rules that my grandparents enlisted to keep us all safe. There was a tall fence along the pool, with locks at the top of each gate–out of children’s reach. We were never allowed to swim without at least 1, but preferably 2 adults present. And while I am not a fearful person, a pool in my backyard and small kids illicit a bit of fear in me.
However, with proper guidelines, having a pool in your backyard can be a perfectly SAFE thing.
- Be sure a four sided fence is around the pool with proper child safety locks.
- Watch children in the pool at all times without distractions.
- Teach your children to swim and water survival skills–like treading in water and exiting the pool without a ladder or steps.
- Learn CPR.
- Don’t swim when there is thunder or lightening.
While, I still don’t want to own a pool–I still follow these rules while at my own community pool. And even with several lifeguards, I personally watch my children, and my children are both good swimmers at this age. It just gives me peace of mind and lets me enjoy the pool more when I can rest assured we have done everything to prevent drowning.
Drowning is a serious issue. And I know as a parent, it scares me thinking about the fact that almost 800 children drown each year, more than half of them being younger than the age of five. However, there are things YOU can do to help protect your children. And thanks to the Make Safe Happen Nationwide Program–here are some ways you can help keep those you love safe.