Today I want to bring up the very important issue that is pool safety.
Summer is here! Finally!
A bit of sunshine, family fun time and relaxing by the pool.
What more could you want from you summer holiday?
How about an extra layer of protection between your children and the pool?
Of course, going on holiday and having a pool in the back garden is going to provide hours upon hours of fun but it also comes with a huge responsibility of keeping those fearless children of yours safe.
I don’t know why, but in France, I have seen many, many unfenced swimming pools.
And, I agree, it may look prettier but it is a massive safety hazard when you have little ones running around.
I’ve gone on holiday with young children before and when there is an open pool I felt constantly on guard and like I was never able to properly relax.
It is a constant worry that if you close your eyes for 2 seconds or look away for a moment, one of the kids would have decided that this of course was the perfect time to go for a quick dip!
I’ve recently come across this great product that I feel would give you a little peace of mind whilst on holiday.
It’s basically like an alarm that goes off when something hits the water.
Of course, this does NOT replace standard pool safety procedures
– never leave children unaccompanied when there is a swimming pool
– always make sure the children have on armbands when outside
– make sure that at least one adult in the group is designated as the ‘water watcher’ at all times.
If you are in a busy summer house, remember, when everyone is watching..no one is watching.
– know the signs. Contrary to popular belief, children don’t tend to scream and flail when drowning, it is quick and quiet. Be vigilant.
– try not to leave toys in the pool area that could entice the kids to get too close
Okay, so now let’s get back to that alarm I mentioned.
There are several types of pool alarm that are available. Today I want to talk about the bracelet alarm.
Children wear the bracelet around their wrist.
If the bracelet gets submerged in water an alarm will sound signalling to adults that the child could be in danger.
With a little bit of googling this one seems to be the highest rated : Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool/Water Alarm Kit
It comes with three distinct parts: a “Turtle” wristband for your child to wear, a base alarm for the house, and a USB cord/wall adapter.
The system is easy to use: secure the Turtle to your child’s wrist, set the base within 200 feet of the pool and plug it in. You’re ready!
One base alarm can support unlimited Turtle wristbands and collar attachments, for additional children and pets.It is considered very reliable, the people at top 10 reviews did some tests and the alarm sounded 100% of the time.
It also works in salt water pools.
The internal batteries are expected to last between three and five years, depending on how often it’s used. The downside is that these batteries are not replaceable, you need to buy the bracelet again should they run out.
For full reviews please click here.
Pool safety is so very important.
Be sure to enroll your children in swimming classes as early as possible.
Make sure that your children are comfortable in and around the water.
Undertake a course in First Aid so that you know what to do in case of emergencies.