Today marks the first day of summer! And summer means pool time for many. It’s a fun way to cool-off, throw pool parties, or simply relax – just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Whether you’re a homeowner with a private pool or are planning to visit a public pool this summer, here’s a few tips to help ensure a safe and fun experience for you and your family.
- Never leave children unattended. Always have an adult supervise young swimmers – take turns.
- Don’t rely on inflatable toys. They can deflate, leak or even slip out from under kids.
- Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
- Don’t swim alone.
From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings a year, not including boat related drownings, in the United States. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. 1
- Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Never dive into the shallow end of the pool.
- Keep electronics away from the water.
- Don’t play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
- Don’t swim after drinking alcoholic beverages or taking medication
- Take a break!
- Be considerate of others. Use the bathroom before you go into the pool—and leave the water if you need to take care of business.
- Caution children of horse playing to avoid serious injuries.
- Inform your guests of the safety rules.
If you’re a homeowner with a pool:
- Be sure to secure your pool with a 4-feet high fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
- Keep your pool clean. Maintain proper chemical levels to minimize the risk of ear aches, rashes or more serious diseases.
Have a great summer!