Water in a Winter Wonderland
Shopping. Shipping. Wrapping. Baking. Partying. Traveling. Just a few words to describe the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. And in the mix of the mayhem, it’s easy to lose sight of an area that is top of mind during warmer weather months: Water safety.
The reality is that water is everywhere—in every season—and keeping track of tenacious tots must always remain a top priority. Here are a few helpful hints to keep in mind as you go about this season’s merriment.
Buckets, Bathtubs & Potties
You’ve worked to protect the “Three P’s” (pets, plants and pipes) from the winter weather, but winter often means a great deal of time indoors where busy babes crawl and toddle around. Remember to keep buckets and bathtubs empty unless in supervised use, and lock toilet lids to avoid accidental tumbles. Also, ensure that large water bowls for pets are out of reach, and empty or cover pails and trash cans that have the potential to catch rainwater.
Backyard Pools & Outdoor Venues
Water safety is on every vigilant parent’s mind during summertime play around the backyard pool or at nearby parks with ponds, rivers or lakes. However, this time of year, caregivers may be more focused on the crisp, cool air and falling leaves, leaving water safety unintentionally off the radar. It’s important to constantly supervise children, especially when access to water is in any way possible. Remind babysitters, grandparents, aunts and uncles to keep a close eye out around water as well.
Visiting friends or family for the holidays? Do they have a backyard pool, hot tub or water feature? While you’re singing carols and toasting eggnog, please ensure that doors and gates are locked and children are safely in the middle of the indoor festivities (or nestled snug in their beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads).
Vacation Destinations & Hotel Amenities
‘Tis the season of holiday travel, and there’s nothing kids love more than to swim at a time of year when a splash is unexpected! And as much as Mom and Dad would like a quiet, relaxing dip, this is no time to send little ones to the water with siblings or cousins. Hotel pools, hot tubs, tropical locals and cruises are all excellent opportunities for a responsible, designated Water Watcher to offer constant adult supervision.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we know that no matter the season, children are around water. That’s why we have made it our mission to keep children all over the world safe in and around the water through year-round swim lessons in over 100 dedicated, indoor facilities. With warm 90 degree water and fun, friendly, certified instructors, water safety is possible—even in a winter wonderland.