For a lot of kids, time at the local swimming pool is the highlight of summer. As adults, most of us remember how much fun we had at the pool socializing with friends and deciding which snack we’d eat during rest period (I remember pretzel sticks for ten cents each.). No doubt, the swimming pool is a great place for fun, but when pools get crowded, as they often do during 90 degree days, it can be difficult for lifeguards to keep track of everyone all the time. To minimize your child’s risk of a mishap or injury at the pool, make sure they can swim and share with them the importance of following pool rules. Accidents can’t always be avoided but if your child is aware of his/her surroundings (such as those jumping in from the pool edge and those swimming nearby), they will be less likely to suffer an accidental injury.