Pool Safety – Stay safe at the pool this summer with five tips we will share with you.
Swimming is the most popular activity during the summer. Pool safety is a real concern for children, but is also important for everyone. Make water safety your priority by following these five tips.
- Learn how to swim
- There are many courses and resources where you can learn how to swim. No matter the age, you should learn how to swim so you can stay safe near any body of water.
- Buddy Up
- Don’t swim alone! Always take a friend to the pool or to swim with you. This will avoid any potential issues because there are at least two of you in case of an emergency.
- Wear a life jacket
- Even if you can swim, a life jacket may help you in a tricky situation. If you are on a boat or out in the ocean, a life jacket could even save your life.
- Home pool? Make sure you have an enclosure!
- Whether you have small children, or not, it your responsibility a home owner to ensure your pool area stays safe for whomever may be around. This includes small children. Don’t leave pool toys in the pool either, as it may attract smaller children into the pool. Make sure your enclosure is secure and free of any tears or holes. Regularly check your enclosure is sturdy and safe, once a month should do it.
- Swim in designated areas
- If you are at the beach, be sure to stay near a lifeguard. Swim only in designated areas. There may be warning signs around, pay attention, be aware of rip currents and any other potential warnings. Stay in designated areas when swimming.
An excerpt from the Red Cross :
Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
Enroll in […] home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
There are plenty of free resources out there to prepare you for a fun and safe summer in the pool, beach, lake or any body of water. If you have any questions or would like to take a CPR, first aid or safety course with MiamiCPR or RescueAED, we are here to help you.
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