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Paddling pools are incredibly reasonable at the moment and for a small amount of money you can pick up an inflatable pool that is great fun! Here are a few important tips to keep the children safe in and around the pool.
- Never leave a baby toddler or child in a paddling pool even for the shortest time. It takes a moment for them to slip under the water which can be fatal. Children can drown in the smallest depth of water.
- If you need to leave them to get something, or to answer the front door or the phone, take them out of the pool while you are away. Make it clear they are not allowed to get into the pool without you there. Take small children who may not understand or be able to follow instructions with you, keep them out of the garden while you are absent.
- Check the temperature of the water to make sure it is not too cold (if you've just filled it) or too warm if it's the end of a hot day. With enough sun, the water can get very warm.
- The grass may get wet and slippery around a paddling pool so be aware of the potential for accidents when the children climb out.
- Suncream is essential in the summer so keep the children covered up even when playing in the paddling pool. Keep them in loose clothes (T-shirt and light trousers or leggings) if there is a lot of sun.
- Make sure the children are aware that inside the pool is very slippery. Suggest they kneel rather than stand if unsteady on their feet.
- Keep an eye on any bees or wasps that might find themselves in the pool. Remove them with a slotted spoon to ensure they don't harm or sting the children.
- Make sure the children walk and don't run round the pool so they don't trip and accidentally fall in.
- Remove all toys at the end of the day so no one is tempted to reach in and get something from the pool and accidentally fall in.
- Keep an eye on the dept. After rainfall it could be more full than when you last looked.
Enjoy your pool!