Pool Safety: Staying Safe Keeps the Fun Going
Summer is here and swimming pools are the place to be for relaxation and keeping cool. However, there are some dangers to being by the water. Luckily there are also some simple tips that can keep you safe during your summer fun. Here are some things to consider;
Pool Surroundings: It is important to be well aware of the minor dangers surrounding the pool you’re visiting, even small accidents such as a slip or fall can have devastating consequences. Take a look at the floor surrounding your swimming pool; is it safe and not slick when wet? If the answer is no, then be sure to remember to wear slippers in order to create traction between yourself and the ground. This will lessen the chances of a fall occurring. Encouraging children not to run around the pool’s perimeter can help prevent accidents as well. Weaker swimmers in unsupervised pools should be sure to look around and see if a lifesaver or reaching pole is available, most community pools will have one or the other nearby for the eventuality of an incident, and using these tools is much less dangerous than attempting a rescue solo.
Swimming Accessories: Do you or your loved ones have the right swimming gear? Children that do not swim well on their own should be wearing arm floats at all times when in the pool’s vicinity. Furthermore wearing the right swimming attire is also important to maintain safety when in the water or around pool pumps, as these can be dangerous. And when planning a trip to the pool, be sure to bring emergency items such as basic first aid care, and any and all special equipment needed for yourself or children, such as an inhaler etc. Do NOT take glassware or breakables to the swimming pool as these have the potential to be broken, and can cause serious injury to those occupying the swimming pool area.
Be Attentive: Although it is alright to have a book or magazine for entertainment by the swimming pool. It is important to remain alert and not fully engrossed in any specific task. Be sure to look around every so often to assess the behavior of the people around you, and remain mindful of the number of people in your party, and whether or not they are complying with the rules of safety for being in/around a swimming pool.
Call for help: In the event of an emergency, do you know who is nearby to offer assistance? Before you head out for an afternoon of fun, make sure you have a charged phone that is in a secure and water safe location. Placing your cell phone in an airtight bag and out of the sun, can prevent water/sun damage, and keep the phone functioning if you should have the need for it. If you do not have a phone, take note of the pools location and the staff available on the day you have chosen. Is it a Sunday? Is there staff on duty, and how far is the staff office from the swimming pool? Many community pools will have an emergency phone just outside the pools parameters, being cognizant of its whereabouts just might save a life.
To learn more about pool safety and proper pool guidelines, visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/