Summer Pool Safety
Many of us enjoy a nice dip in the pool during the summer time and swimming is an excellent way to have fun with the family, but safety should always be at the forefront of your mind, especially when children are involved. Here are some safety tips to bear in mind as the weather heats up and the anticipation for pool season builds up. Remember, you do not want your day of fun to turn into a day of disaster.
Stay Safe this Summer Season
Swimming pool safety should never be neglected. Follow these simple steps and to keep you and your family safe in and around water:
- Do not leave children unattended: Children can get into some mischief, so be sure to always keep an eye on them and never leave them unattended in or around water. If you cannot watch your child at all times, designate an adult with the task of supervision. He or she should not engage in any distractions such as texting, reading, or playing games on a smartphone. In case of emergencies, keep your phone close by at all times in case someone tries to contact you regarding your child.
It is also crucial to remember that you cannot rely on lifeguards. Lifeguards might not be able to see everything that is happening in a pool, whereas one person watching one specific child will be able to offer better supervision.
- Teach your child how to swim: Swimming is fun, but it is also a lifesaving skill. There are many free or low-cost options available for you to enroll your child in for swimming lessons such as the YMCA, your local USA Swimming chapter, or the Parks and Recreation Department.
- Tell your children to keep away from drains: Children must not play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in shallow pools or spas. Their hair, limbs, jewelry or bathing suits can get stuck and cause severe injuries or even death.
- Ensure pools and spas have compliant drain covers: All public pools and spas must have drain grates or covers that meet the required safety standards to prevent death from drowning due to a suction entrapment. These drains are powerful enough to even trap an adult, so always be sure the pool you and your children are in is safe and in compliance with these regulations.
- Learn CPR: Bystanders are usually the first to aid a drowning victim and, as such, knowing how to perform CPR is a critical skill to have. Once you are CPR certified, you should also be sure to keep your certification current. These classes are available through hospitals and community centers. You can also contact the American Red Cross.
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