Nothing feels better then getting in a pool on a hot summer day. But a pools, and many other water sources, can pose risks that everyone should be aware of. Safety measures should be taught and followed strictly, to prevent fatal accidents from happening.
Water Safety is for All Ages, Not Just Children
It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line or apply sunscreen. Death and injury from drownings happen every day in home pools, hot tubs, at the beach, in lakes, rivers and streams, and elsewhere.
Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children. Tragic water accidents can happen quickly. Make “water knowledge” a priority for everone, not just children. One of the MOST important things to do it make sure that the entire family learns to swim at an appripriate age.
According to the National Safety Council, about 10 people die from drowning every day (not including boating accidents) in the United States, as noted in Injury Facts®, the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries.
Follow these tips to prevent injury:
- Never dive into shallow water or water where the bottom is not visible.
- Never use alcohol or drugs while swimming or boating.
- Never leave children unattended near a water source, even for a few seconds.
- Gates around pools should be self-closing and self-latching. Latches should be out of the reach of small children.
- For above-ground pools, steps and ladders should be secured when in use and removed when the pool is not in use.
- Never swim alone, no matter how good of a swimmer you are.
- Do not attempt to jump in and save a drowning victim unless properly trained and certified in lifesaving practices such as CPR. Call 911 for help.
- Get out of the water and move away from any water source if a thunderstorm is imminent.
- Wear foot protection to prevent cuts and abrasions.
Pool Chemicals Can Also Present a Hazard
Pool chemicals can help keep us safe from illnesses that spread through the water, but there is a downside. These same chemicals can also be toxic if not handled properly. When opening pool chemical containers, wear safety gloves and eye protection and avoid inhaling product that may become airborne. Keep chemicals safely stored and away from children.
- Approximately 36% of pool chemical injuries were experienced by kids under the age of 18
- More than half (56%) of all injuries occurred at a residence
Don’t Forget About Water Safety for Our Pets
The National Safety Council has an outreach program and provides a tool kit for pool safety. So far, more than 75,000 adults and children have signed the Pool Safely Pledge.
Take the Pledge today and get a free Pool Safely Toolkit.
For more tips on pool chemical safety, please access the free video
Pool Chemical Safety
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