Now that it is nice and HOT outside, many of us have gone out and purchased a backyard pool for the kids. Even though this is a fun-filled activity for the kids, it is important to maintain your pool properly so that no one can become sick.
Yes, kids can get all kinds of icky things from a kiddie pool but no one told me this when I was growing up. We just kept our plastic kid pool in the backyard through rain, sleet and snow. And it was ready to go the next summer.
Here are some things to look out for when maintaining your kiddie pool:
1. Empty the pool and change the water every 3 days. If you leave the water in the pool for long periods of time, mold and mildew will start to grow on the bottom and sides of the pool, as well as, a slimy substance on the bottom. Not only will it make your child sick from being exposed, the slick bottom lead to risk for falls.
2. Use a pool cover (yes, even for a plastic kiddie pool). This barrier prevents bugs, bird droppings and other substances that you don’t want in your child’s pool. Also, having a cover will assist in keeping out the debris that you will have to scoop out daily.
3. Use a filter. They do make very small pool filters for kiddie pools. You may start off purchasing a pool for $30 dollars but it is worth spending the extra $10-$15 dollars for a filter to suck out “yuckiness”.
4. When cleaning the pool, use a non-abrasive and toxin free type cleaner. You don’t want to strip or puncture the lining with harsh chemicals and you don’t want to have residue left behind that can get on your child’s skin.
5. Chlorine. Depending on the size of your pool, chlorine may be an option for you if you don’t want to waste several gallons of water dumping it out every 2-3 days. Remember to read the directions for the proper amount to add and keep it out of reach of children.
Have a great summer!