Pool Safety This Summer

The rising temperatures and the bright shining sun can mean only one thing: summer is here! This means endless days filled with hours of fun and family bonding. One great way to beat the heat and have a good time is by swimming! Taking extra safety measures will not only ensure safety for you and your family, but also lets you enjoy making a splash this summer.

Safety Tips Around the Pool

Pools are summertime staples for families across the nation. However, this recreational activity can be dangerous if the proper safety measures aren’t taken. Protect your family by following these simple rules!

Poolside safety tips:

  • Never leave your child unattended by, near, or in water – If you are swimming in a personal pool, it is important to assign an adult with the task of watching over the children while they are by the water. This can help prevent drowning or other emergencies. Public pools should have a designated lifeguard during service hours.
  • Keep your drains covered – Make sure your drains are properly covered and meet safety standards. The suction motion can entrap unaware swimmers by their hair, limbs, or clothing.
  • Install proper barriers around your pool – If you have a pool at your home, it is important to install appropriate barriers to prevent children from accidentally ending up in the pool. The barrier or fence should be at least four feet, with a self-closing, self-latching door. This should help prevent children from entering the pool unattended.
  • Know how to swim – If you are by the pool, you should know to swim, particularly if your children are involved. Make sure the family knows basic swimming skills, which will make the experience more enjoyable and prevent danger. For those who are still learning, floaties are always recommended.
  • Learn CPR – Whether you have kids or not, knowing CPR can help save lives. You can partner up with your local Red Cross or other organizations to learn simple life-saving skills. Hopefully, you will never have to use them, but it is good to be prepared.

Along with these pool safety tips, make sure you and your family are properly protected from the sun with sunscreen, stay well hydrated, and enjoy every moment. At Anaheim Regional Medical Center, we hope you have a fun, safe summer.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.