Perhaps your child’s birthday falls during the summer months. Or maybe they’ve always wanted a summer birthday but their birthday is actually in the middle of January. In either case, you can throw them the pool party of their dreams. If your child has a winter birthday, you can throw the party on their half birthday, or just have a summer celebration pool party that’s not birthday related. When you plan your backyard bash, just remember that a fun party should always be a safe party. So before letting your pint-sized partiers plunge into the pool for a game of water tag, make sure to take care of the following safety-related details.
Get Your Pool Area Ready in Advance
Hosting a safe swimming party starts with preparing the pool and surrounding environment. Make sure that any items that could cause slip and fall accidents are removed from the patio floor surrounding the pool. Rid the area of any glass cups or vases, which shouldn’t be near the pool in the first place. Adding slip-resistant mats beside the pool is another way to help keep your guests safe near the water.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the condition of your pool water. Cloudy water is a sign of imbalanced pool chemicals. This can cause eye and skin irritation. Correct the problem by adding the right amount of chemicals according to the manufacturer instructions. Another reason to get rid of cloudy water is that it impairs visibility. You want to be able to clearly watch the kids swimming whether they’re in or out of the water.
Make Sure a Responsible Adult is Always on Pool Supervision Duty
When you’re trying to get everything done for the party, it’s easy to get distracted. You’ve got your hands full dealing with food, games, and decorations. Because you’re so busy, it is absolutely imperative to find another responsible adult to actively watch the pool. Any time kids will be in or near the water, this person should have one job and one job only: keep an eye on everyone to make sure they’re safe. You can even make an official pool watcher nametag and put it on a lanyard that the pool watcher can wear around their neck.
If Possible, Switch Pool Supervisors Throughout the Day
You don’t have to have the same person watching the pool for the entire party. In fact, keeping the same person on watch duty probably wouldn’t be the best idea, as there may be a tendency for the watcher to become less alert over time. Instead, you could have several different responsible adults lined up to take turns on pool watching duty. They could switch out every half an hour. This will give each adult a chance to get a break, relax and enjoy the party while still keeping the kids safe as they swim.
Making sure your pool and the surrounding area are clean and lining up careful pool supervision are important ways you can prepare for a safe kids pool party. In the next article, we’ll take a look at a few more ways you can keep safety as a top priority for your special day.
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