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What to consider before your child attends a pool party

Pool parties are great fun for kids of all ages, and it's likely that your child will be invited to several pool parties in Florida to celebrate the birthdays of friends. Swimming is a great way for children to engage in a fun form of exercise while learning an important skill. However, swimming pools can present certain hazards, and you should be aware of these before your child attends their first pool party.

When your child is on other premises such as the home of a friend, the owner of that premises generally has the responsibility to keep the kids safe. However, as a parent, you should exercise caution and ensure that your child will be cared for adequately. If an accident does occur on the premises, you will most likely be able to hold the premises owner responsible. But it is always best to carry out preventative measures to ensure your child's safety.

Children at pool parties should be under constant supervision

It is a good idea to clarify the way in which the children will be supervised at the pool party. Unfortunately, it is all too common for parents to become preoccupied with socializing. They may prioritize this over watching their children, and this can lead to tragic consequences. You should make sure that there will be an assigned adult on lifeguard duty at all times.

Safety rules should be clearly set

No matter the children's ages, they should have a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do at the pool. Talking to your child about this before the party can be helpful. You may want to mention the dangers of running on wet surfaces, and why they should not dive or jump into shallow waters.

The sun can be a significant danger

If the pool party is taking place outside, sunstroke can be a big risk in Lakeland. You should make sure that your child will be kept hydrated through the day, that they have a sunhat and that their sunscreen will be reapplied throughout the day.

If you are concerned about the safety of your child at a friend's party, it is important that you communicate well with the party hosts. If an injury does occur, you may be able to hold the premises owner liable.

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