By Mary Manyahilhal Melvin on June 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted in: Safety
Spending a few hours at the pool is a great way to escape the hot summer heat and cool off. And the pool is a great place for having fun, socializing with friends and exercising. Swimming isn’t all fun and games, though … whether you have your own pool, or you’re swimming at a friend’s or at a neighborhood pool with a lifeguard, there are things you should consider to ensure the safety of your kids and your family.
- If the pool is not in use, make sure that it has a cover or a gate that’s locked – or both – to minimize the risk of anyone falling in.
- If you or someone in your family doesn’t know how to swim, take lessons from a local professional before you jump in.
- Have someone act as a lifeguard when the pool is in use.
- Keep a cell phone, First Aid kit and flotation device handy in case there is an emergency.
- Learn CPR.
- Ensure that any pool you use has compliant drain covers and encourage swimmers to stay away from drains and openings to avoid entrapments.
- If you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, cover up or use plenty of (waterproof) sunscreen to minimize skin damage from sun exposure.Check out the www.poolsafely.gov website for lots more information on how to swim safely this summer.
Just taking a few small steps will help ensure that you and your family stay safe this summer while at the pool. Once you’ve taken the proper precautions, go ahead and jump in – the water’s fine!