It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means – the outdoor swimming pools are opening for the summer. There’s nothing more enjoyable than a day at the pool – where you can soak up the sun and beat the heat with a cool dip.
But did you know that about 10 people die each day from accidental drowning? And more than 1,700 spinal cord injuries occur from diving accidents every year? So before you head to the pool, make sure you and your family are familiar with pool safety tips to help keep everyone safe, both in and around the water.
- Learn to swim if you don’t know how. Enroll your children in swimming lessons to protect them from drowning.
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you can’t swim. Ensure all young children or non-swimmers wear a life jacket. Water wings, noodles, rafts and inner-tubes are toys and aren’t designed to keep you safe.
- Always swim with a buddy. Swim at pools supervised by lifeguards.
- Supervise all children in and around the pool. Avoid distractions. Never entrust a child’s life to another child.
- Never run around the pool area. Wet cement and tile can be slippery, you can possibly fall, hit your head, and go under the water.
- Never dive into a shallow pool. Make sure you know how deep the water is before you dive.
- Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills can help save someone’s life.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before or while you’re swimming since it impairs your swimming skills, judgment, balance and coordination. Don’t drink alcohol while supervising children in the pool.
- Don’t swim during an electrical storm.
- Don’t place electrical devices like radios or CD players near the pool’s edge.
- Never swim in a pool if the drain cover is broken or missing. Excessive suction at the drain opening can result in injuries or drowning.
- Never allow glass near the pool.
- Makes sure rescue equipment like a life ring is near the pool.
- Keep a phone near the pool to call for help in an emergency.
- Limit your barefoot walking. You expose your feet to ring worm, athlete’s foot, plantar warts and injury while walking barefoot at the pool.
- Always thoroughly dry your feet after swimming to prevent fungus from growing.
- Wear sunscreen on your feet. Sun exposure can lead to the development of melanoma.
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