Keeping paddling pools in the shade is one of the most simple ways of keeping children and young people safe from the sun. Playing in a paddling pool is a classic summer activity for millions and millions of families. Taking basic safety steps ensures it stays memorable for all the right reasons.
Why is it important I keep paddling pools in the shade?
Quite simple, it’s important to keep paddling pools in the shade as this helps protect from illnesses and injuries caused by exposure to the sun.
Of course, there are other safety precautions you should take to ensure safety whilst using a paddling pool. This include, but are in no way limited to, the following:
- Using a soft surface: Water, a thin plastic base and young feet means slips in a paddling pool are inevitable. Ensuring that your paddling pool is set up on a flat, soft surface, such as grass, will limit the impact and severity of such incidents. The consequences of slipping and falling on concrete are a lot worse than suffering the same accident on grass.
- Children should never be allowed to use a paddling pool without supervision. It’s simply too dangerous to allow them to play in the water, no matter how deep, without an adult there to react to accidents. The consequences of a fall in a paddling pool with no adult there to help are too tragic to think about.
- Other sun protection. As well as making use of shade, sun-cream should be regularly applied to children playing in paddling pools. They should also use other forms of sun protection, such as caps, sunglasses and rash vests.
How can I keep paddling pools in the shade?
Ideally, you will be able to make use of natural shade in your garden. This can be provided by the house or other garden features such as trees. It’s important to remember to keep moving the paddling pool throughout the day to ensure it stays in the shade. If you don’t have natural shade, then you may need to purchase a brolly to give protection instead. You could also place the paddling pool under a gazebo for full coverage.
If someone is hurt because of a faulty paddling pool, then they may be due injury compensation. A quick call to our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline can help set you on the road to the compensation you deserve. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice