Making sure to keep kids safe in paddling pools means you can enjoy and remember summertime for the right reasons without injuries. Paddling pools can be a lot of fun. They are a great way of cooling off in hot weather and help young children get used to water. However, paddling pools also pose significant and potentially serious dangers to safety. One accident can ruin not only a summer, but a whole life.
How can I keep kids safe in paddling pools?
Fortunately, there are numerous steps you can follow to minimise the risk of paddling pool accidents. These steps will also mean you are ready to react to accidents as and when they happen.
- Put the paddling pool on a soft surface: It’s inevitable that, at some point, someone is going to slip over into the paddling pool. Given the thin plastic that forms the base of most paddling pools, slips will happen. Therefore, it’s important to set your paddling pool up on a soft, forgiving surface, like grass. The bottom will provide virtually no protection upon impact with the ground. Setting your pool out in concrete will only increase the severity of injuries from paddling pool accidents. If you do not have access to grass, set up the paddling pool on a soft mat.
- Put the pool in the shade: Paddling pools only make an appearance in hot sunny weather. This means you need to take precautions against injuries from the sun. Where possible, set the paddling pool up in the shade. Also, make sure to keep children well hydrated. Finally, make sure they are regularly topped up with sun-cream and are wearing other sun protection, like caps and clothing.
- Supervision: By far the most important way to keep kids safe in paddling pools is to ensure that they are properly supervised. This means you will be able to warn them before accidents happen, and react quickly when they do. Imagine a child suffers a fall in a paddling pool and hits their head or is incapacitated in another way. It doesn’t take much for a nasty accident to escalate into a tragic one.
Claiming for a paddling pool accident
Of course, you have a right to assume that the paddling pool you bought is safe to use and meets all the requirements it claims to. If it doesn’t, and someone is injured as a result, they may be due personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information and to get your claim started.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice