A visit to a swimming pool, be it at your family home or public pool is a popular activity for us Malaysians all year round. Kids especially always have a splashing good time when they get to fun in the water. But like other popular recreational activities, there are some hidden dangers that parents should take note of when going swimming.
Exposure to UV Rays
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the sun’s light spectrum that is invisible to the naked eye. UV levels are at their highest from 10 am to 3 pm and have harmful effects such as skin cancer, cataracts and even suppress the proper function of the body’s immune system and skin’s natural defences. To ensure your kids play safely under the sun:
- Choose a swimming garment that provides good body coverage.
- Wear protective clothing that is sun-safe with good SPF ratings and apply sunscreen on exposed skin.
- A broad-brimmed hat can shade your child from too much sunlight.
- Reduce exposure by swimming before 10 am or after 3 pm, even on cool or cloudy days.
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From water guns and inflatable lounges to buoys and basketball hoops, pool toys offer hours of fun entertainment for swimmers. There are risks associated with these toys, however, that can add to the swimming pool dangers that players face.
- Use toys designed for use in swimming pools.
- Store toys away from the pool area when not in use.
- Pool toys and floatation devices are not meant to be used as lifesaving devices and should be used under supervision at all times.
Many types of bacteria can survive quite happily in swimming pools, circulating among different swimmers to spread illness. To avoid potential diseases:
- Refrain from using a pool if your child is sick or have an open wound.
- Do not allow children wearing diapers to use the pool unless they are wearing swim diapers.
- Make sure to advise your kids to rinse their entire body before and after using the pool.
- Do not swallow pool water.
Drowning is the most familiar pool danger but it is also the most preventable. To minimize the risk of drowning:
- Always supervise children when they are using the pool.
- Be aware of the pool depth and the "no diving" restrictions in shallow pools.
- Keep lifesaving equipment close to the pool at all times.
- Stress proper pool behaviour especially when they are excited and goofing around.
Sending your child for swimming lessons will also help to equip your child with the right sets of skills to minimize the risk of drowning.
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