When hot summer weather hits, the pool and beaches are popular places to cool off. Allowing children to enjoy the water safely is extremely important. We have compiled some information to help host parents and au pairs when supervising children around water.
Here are some quick facts that you may find surprising…
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Au Pair in America recently hosted a Water Safety Webinar for parents and au pairs with special guests from Colin’s Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping kids safer around the water. You can watch the webinar recording below.
When multiple adults are with children at the beach or pool, it is important to designate a specific person to watch the children.
If that designated adult must leave the beach/pool area, they should tell another adult so that person can take over supervising children.
Never assume that someone else is watching the children.
More Water Safety Tips
Never leave a child unattended near water.
Drowning is silent; keep your eyes on the children at all times.
Never be more than an arm’s length away if in the pool with a young child.
Make sure the fence around the pool is closed properly.
If you have an above-ground pool, remove the ladder when not in use.
Swim at the beach or lake only when a lifeguard is on duty.
Teach young children to swim and consider taking a water safety course for caregivers.
If boating, always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Keep a phone close by in case there is an emergency, but stay off your cell phone to avoid distractions.
If you leave the area for any reason, the kids go with you.
Here is a video with info on how to spot when someone is in trouble in the water.
CONTEST:What is your favorite place to enjoy the water: the beach or the pool?The first au pair in our cluster to message Christine or Lisa with their answer to this question will win a $10 Target gift card.
Remember to bring along drinks, especially water. Try to get children to drink water every 20 minutes, when they are outside in hot weather.
Pay attention to surfaces that can be hot against children’s skin, such as metal slides and other playground equipment in the sun.
Safety around water is particularly important. A child can drown in just a few inches of water. Whenever you are near water you must never leave a child alone – if the phone rings, take them with you or let it ring! Always stay within arm’s reach when the children are in or near water.
Young babies should be kept out of direct sunlight. Keep the baby in the shade or under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy.
Dress babies in lightweight clothing and use brimmed hats.
Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, even if it appears overcast (cloudy).
Try to keep children out of the sun in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest.
Learn what poison ivy looks like and keep children out of it. A good rule to teach the children is “leaves of three, let it be.”
Use insect repellent spray to keep away mosquitos and ticks. Ask your host parents before applying.
Check for ticks when you bring children in from playing outside, especially if you’ve been in tall grass or the woods.