Fun in the Sun: How to Keep Children Safe at the Water Park

Little girl having fun in the poolAh, summer — it’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to vacations and a refreshing dip in the pool or the ocean. For little ones, they simply can’t wait to splash around and have lots of fun at a local water park with its swimming pools, water rides and other cool stuff to do.

Children of all ages will have the time of their lives beating the summer heat in various kids’ theme parks, such as Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach

For adults, a visit to the water park could be their chance to cool off and have fun too. It’s the perfect time to bond with the children and the whole family.

Of course, even as you enjoy your visit to the water park, you’ll still need to keep an eye on the children. Their safety should always be an adult’s priority. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when you bring children to the water park:

1. Avoid overexposure to the sun.

The summer heat can cause not only sunburn but also heatstroke and dehydration. Make sure you know how long the children have stayed under the sun and in the water so you can reapply sunscreen on them.

Make them drink plenty of water instead of soda or anything with artificial sweeteners that can actually make them more dehydrated.

2. Make them wash their hands.

Before they eat, make them wash their hands with soap and water, even if they have just come out of the pool. Despite pools containing chlorine, it might not be enough to kill bacteria.

It’s also a good idea for kids (and adults too) to wear water shoes to protect your feet. Just make sure to remove wet shoes after use or they could cause fungal infections.

3. Set a meeting spot for emergencies.

Finally, identify a place in the water park where all of you can meet in case an emergency happens. It could be a spot next to a favorite food booth or ride. Just make sure it’s easily accessible.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure a safe and fun stint at the water park.