Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Tips for a Fun, Safe Day at the Pool

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If you’re not already going to the pool, chances are you will go at least a few times with the kids this summer. A day at the pool is fun for everyone, but there are a few safety considerations to keep in mind before going:

Wear Sunscreen!
Nearly every doctor and public health program will tell you how important wearing sunscreen is, especially in the summer months when our exposure to the sun’s rays is highest. Wearing sunscreen whenever you and your kids go outside can prevent skin cancer and wrinkles and a myriad of other health problems later on in life. It’s generally recommended that adults wear SPF 15 or higher; SPF 30 or higher is recommended for kids. Since you’ll be at a pool, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen every couple hours to make sure you’re protected. Sunscreen can be cheaply bought at places like Target or Walmart (and really, who can put a price on the long-term health benefits of wearing sunscreen?).

Follow the Pool Rules
The Red Cross has an excellent list on pool safety tips, and it’s also wise to pay attention to your local pool’s rules as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately ten people die each day from drowning (2/10 are children 14 years of age or younger), and these numbers obviously spike in summer months. Even if you and your kids know how to swim, be on the alert for parents who might not be watching their kids too closely; if something bad happens, you might just save someone’s life.

Bring Pool Toys
Kids who are too young to play wild pool games like Marco Polo or Colors will want something fun to do while their older siblings play, so be sure to bring along some pool toys to keep the younger ones entertained. Inner tubes are fun for everyone, but your local Target or swimming store probably have a lot more to offer in their swimming department (exercise caution when bringing a squirt gun to a public pool…some people might not appreciate that in light of recent gun tragedies at schools across the US). If stores in your local area don’t have a large selection of toys, then check SumoCoupon for online deals on pool toys and other swimming accessories.

Don’t Pee in the Pool
Although we’ve all done it before – and don’t want to admit to it – peeing in the pool might actually be dangerous. The American Chemical Society found that urine reacts with chlorine in pools, creating two potentially harmful chemical byproducts that can lead to respiratory problems. Plus, it’s just gross, so tell your kids to always use a restroom instead.

Bring Your Own Food & Beverages
What better way to spend a day at the pool than to bring along a picnic basket? Not only are sandwiches and fruit better than what you’ll find at a pool concessions stand (if there is one) or the nearest fast food joint, but you’ll also save money preparing your own meals than buying overpriced, greasy junk from the pool’s stand (though a little ice cream treat for your kids could be a great way to beat the heat).


  1. these are great, thank you so much! love the red cross and their tips too!

  2. Great tips for a fun day at the pool!

  3. I especially appreciate your reminder to not only wear sunscreen, but also to reapply every couple of hours if you have been in the pool. Good, helpful tips.

  4. and remember watch young kiddos, even a few seconds can change everything!

  5. Very good tips for pool safety.

  6. Just started swimming pool construction at our house in Vaughan. We have two kids at home. Both of them are very excited about the pool. But their safety and health is more important to us than anything else. These tips are very helpful for us in keeping our children safe and healthy and also to have some fun.