The hot weather is upon us, and cooling off in the water will be one of the most important things on the agenda for summer. Whether you and your kids like to hang out at the community pool or you have a fun pool in your backyard, there are rules that apply to both that are crucial to safety in the pool.
Pool Safety: Drowning Can Happen Quickly
Kid’s Health advises that even kids that have had swimming lessons and are good swimmers can get into trouble. “Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14. Drowning can happen so fast – sometimes in less than 2 minutes after a person’s head goes under the water.”
Our own COO, Ronny Wilson, recalls how very quickly a fun afternoon with family and friends almost turned into tragedy in our article entitled, “Drowning: A Silent Killer.” Now is a great time to refresh your memory on what to watch for around water.
Pool Safety: Obey The Rules
In public pools, look at the numbers on the side of the pool. These “depth markers” tell you how deep that portion of the pool is. Be sure to look at these numbers before getting in so you will know how deep it is. If the depth is shallower than you think, and you jump off the side, you could sustain a serious injury. Also, remember to test the water temperature. If the water is too cold it can shock your system. Some other great reminders the Kid’s Health article emphasizes are:
- Always have an adult watching the kids while they are in the pool.
- If pool gates are closed, don’t try to get in another way. They are closed for a reason.
- Obey pool rules.
- Swim with a friend.
- Walk slowly around the pool. Don’t run.
- If a child can’t swim or is just learning, have them stay in the shallow water with an adult.
- Don’t push or jump on other swimmers.
- Don’t chew gum or eat while in the pool.
None of these safety rules are probably new to any of us, but as the fun gets started, we may forget. It’s better to remind ourselves now so the fun doesn’t turn into someone being hurt.
Pool Safety: Backyard Pools
Something that we should all be aware of, but may not always consider is pool compliance with drain covers. Drain entrapment with hair, jewelry, or clothing can happen in an instant if protection has not been provided. Also look for life-saving equipment, such as life rings or reaching poles in a public pool.
Some safety rules that apply to home pools are given to us by the American Red Cross . They tell us that “over 200 young children drown in backyard swimming pools each year.” Their guidelines for home pool safety include:
Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Place a safety cover on the pool when not in use and remove any steps used for access.
Keep children under adult supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids. Have them wear a life jacket if they are not experienced swimmers.
Keep your pool clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation, and filtration.
Establish pool rules such as “no diving”, “stay away from drain covers”, “swim with a buddy”, and “walk please”.
Make sure everyone understands your home pool safety rules before they get in the water to ensure that everyone has a fun, safe time.
Proper Pool Safety Helps Everyone Enjoy The Fun!
At Aero Jet Medical we want kids and mom and dad alike to have a fantastic summer! Being in the water is refreshing and fun, but pool safety is top priority.
Hopefully, no injuries or accidents will occur when you and your family are splashing around, but if something did, AJM can be anywhere quickly with the care you need to bring you back home. And, for any other type of illness or injury that might happen to you or your family on summer vacation worldwide, we are also ready for those as well. We are equipped to handle any type of emergency, so please remember our name if the need for help arises. You can contact us at (888) 632-5560 or simply click here.
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