Swimming pools can be dangerous places, especially for children. Even shallow water carries a risk of serious travel accidents, including drowning. If you’re preparing to jet off on holiday this summer, here are some reasons why you should never leave a child unsupervised at a swimming pool and some pool safety tips to help you reduce the risk of holiday injuries.
Why you should never leave a child unsupervised at a swimming pool
Splashing around in the pool is great fun, but even the calmest, shallowest waters can be harmful, especially for children.
You should never leave a child unsupervised at the pool. They could encounter difficulties in the water, they could suffer a slip, trip or fall on the edge and they could even drown. Even if your child is a confident swimmer, or they are using flotation aids, you should never leave a child unsupervised at the pool.
If you’re at the hotel pool on holiday or you’re visiting the beach, keep an eye on your kids at all times. Accidents can happen very quickly. Before you know it you could have turned your back and your child could have disappeared under the surface of the water or been dragged out to sea.
Of course, holiday accidents are uncommon and in most cases, children play around in the pool without any problems at all. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Make sure that children are never unsupervised at a swimming pool. If you need to pop inside or leave the pool for a minute, ask your kids to come out of the pool until you return.
Swimming pool safety
If you are using the pool on holiday, bear these simple safety tips in mind:
- Never run around the edge of the pool
- Avoid diving in shallow water
- Never leave a child unsupervised at a swimming pool
- Provide children with armbands and floats
- Stick to shallow water if you’re not a confident swimmer
If you’re going to the beach for the day, choose a beach manned by lifeguards and stick to designated safe swimming areas.
Compensation for holiday accidents
Nobody wants to think about holiday injuries, but sadly, accidents happen. If you’ve been injured abroad or you’ve had an accident overseas, for which you weren’t to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We could help you to claim travel accident compensation.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice