At the Pool
Set some ground rules. Remind your kids not to dive or jump into shallow water, run on wet surfaces, or roughhouse by the pool. Make sure an adult is always supervising kids, even if they know how to swim. The designated "water watcher" should be able to see and hear children and be close enough to intervene in an emergency. Also, remember to reapply sunscreen -- even if it claims to be waterproof -- if your child has been swimming for more than an hour.
Put up a fence. If you have a pool at home, make sure it's surrounded by a four-sided fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate. The fence should separate the pool area from your house so that a child can't walk directly out a back door and into the pool. To be on the safe side, enroll your child in swimming lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children can begin formal instruction after their fourth birthday.
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