If you go into many shops in summer time you will notice a wide selection of water toys. There are floats and water wings, little boats, sit on inflatables not to mention pool noodles to mention only a few. While pool toys which are actually created for the purpose will be a excellent addition to the pool area and give the family hours of pleasure, not all of pool toys are created equal.
Whenever your children are about water that the number one thing is supervision. This means never going out of the sight and always monitoring what they’re doing in the water. This also extends to the toys as well. If a toy get broken, take it out of the pool immediately or it can pose a hazard not only to the kids (cuts and such ) but also into the pool itself. Sharp objects can cut or damage a pool liner, poke a hole in an inflatable pool or get stuck in the skimmer or piping. While swimming noodles with chunks from them will still work, and won’t cut your child, the bits can still get stuck at the functions of the pool and cause trouble.
If this floatie or ride on inflatable has a flow, that too needs to be removed and fixed or thrown out. For bigger inflatables, there are kits available to repair leaks and for the smaller things it can be easier to replace it all together than to try to keep fixing leaks.
You might have noticed that pool toys are generally colourful plastic, and that’s for a very good reason. Sure those kitchen gadgets can pour and seive water and are a lot of fun, but if they are metal be careful when using them in the pool. First off metal becomes very hot in the sun, and second, the alloy could react with the pool chemicals and turn the water a nasty colour. Besides, why use the fantastic kitchen ware once the plastic pool toys are just as much fun and made for the job?
While this last thing may be a no brainer, there is no room for wheeled toys around a pool. Tricycles and scooters and bikes rely on the grass or the sidewalk, not the pool deck. Safety first!