Swimming Pool Safety
Swimming pool season is here. Many area pools opened over the Memorial Day holiday and are a great way to seek relief from summer heat. But you should also exercise caution to avoid accidental drownings and water-related injuries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4 and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages.
Pool Safety Rules
- Never leave children unsupervised near pools. A tragedy can occur in seconds. If you must leave, take the child with you.
- Make sure children learn to swim from a qualified instructor. Take lessons at a Park Authority ReCenter.
- Take frequent breaks. Exhaustion may occur due to excessive activity and sun exposure.
- Never overestimate swimming ability or knowledge of water-survival skills.
- Ensure pool areas are fenced off to eliminate the chances a child will accidentally fall into the water in unsupervised areas.
- Never use flotation devices as substitutes for supervision.
- Never dive without first determining the water depth. Look for No Diving signs. Dive only when it is safe to do so.
- Never swim during lightning storms. The National Lightning Safety Institute recommends staying out of or around a pool until thirty minutes after the last thunder is heard.
- Keep a safety buoy with a rope or pole beside the pool in the event a rescue is necessary.
- Always have a first-aid kit and emergency phone contacts nearby.
- Take a CPR class.
- Avoid alcohol and stay sober in or near the water. Alcohol affects your balance, coordination and can impair your swimming skills.
- Prevent recreational water illnesses by keeping poop, germs, and pee out of the water. Learn more from the Fairfax County Health Department.
Stay tuned to the blog all month for more safety tips during National Safety Month.