There’s nothing kids love more than an inflatable pool raft. They can spend all day jumping on them, and (if you’re lucky), they might even spend some time relaxing on one. Unfortunately, this seemingly fun toy also poses a safety hazard.
To keep your kids safe in a pool you must do one, very obvious thing: keep your eyes on them at all times. A big inflatable float or raft will definitely hinder your ability to do so. Kids will inevitably try to swim under and behind the rafts, breaking your line of vision. Additionally, some of the larger rafts come equipped with string ladders and holds that are extremely easy to become entangled with.
For these reasons, we highly recommend not to use these rafts (especially the larger ones) during a pool party. But, if you must, make sure you take note of the following guidelines:
- Never leave children unattended with a pool raft in the pool.
- Limit the number of kids on the float at one time.
- Make sure there is a responsible adult watching over all angles of the raft, including under and behind.
- Remove any rope-like objects from the raft to prevent entanglement.
We hope this post has shed some light on the dangers of inflatable pool rafts. Aquassurance lifeguards are specially trained to keep guests safe in any aquatic environment, including those with pool rafts. Prevent the unthinkable from happening with one of our lifeguards today!