It's officially a heatwave! Or at least, we're calling it one with 100° days stretching out before us. So, even with school starting earlier than before, we expect most of us still have a lot of pool time ahead of us. We thought we'd revisit some pool safety etiquette we shared back in the spring and share an infographic from our friends over at Alarms.org!
1. Learn How to Swim
Riverside Parks and Rec offers swim lessons to children as young as 6 months all the way to adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages swim lessons for all, and states that “participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning death by 88%.” Young children should always have an adult near, and teens and adults new to water fun should restrict themselves to shallow end of the pool. Check out the Riverside Parks and Recactivities guide for when and where to find quality swim instruction!
2. Supervise Children
Children should never be allowed to swim unsupervised at anytime. The CDC reports that most accidental drownings of children ages 1 to 4 occur in residential pools. The AAP suggests designating an adult “Water Watcher,” someone to supervise and remain within arms length at all time.
3. Swim Only When a Lifeguard Is on Duty
When swimming in public places, swim in designated safe places and during hours attended by a lifeguard. Even with a lifeguard present, adults should still remain diligent in supervising young ones! And make sure you acquaint yourself with the rules of the venue—they exist to keep everyone safe!
4. Avoid Diving Headfirst
This one’s important friends! It does not matter your age or experience, never dive headfirst into shallow or unclear water. Without clear sight of what’s below, diving in shallow water can lead to serious injury. Rocks and other objects in the water pose hazards and it is easy to overestimate angles and depth. We highly recommend entering feet first: either via the stairs/ladder or via your epic cannonball!
5.Avoid the Horseplay
We’ve all enjoyed that game of water chicken, or begged to get tossed across the pool, but the experts suggest we avoid as much of the dunking, clinging and tossing as possible. Horseplay can lead to injury which increases the risk of drowning.
6. First Aid, CPR and Pool Fences
I’m pretty sure not enough of us take the time, but it’s an especially good idea for adults who spend time around children to learn basic first aid and CPR techniques. These measures could be the difference between life and death while waiting for medical support, especially for families with residential pools. And finally, to further prevent pool accidents, the CDC and the AAP recommends four-sided pool fences at least 4 feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates unreachable by children that open outward.
You can find more information about pool safety at the follow sites:
American Academy of Pediatrics
So get to swimming, splashing, and beating this California heat! And if you have your own pool out back, don’t forget to check that your homeowner’s policy is up to date and giving you the best coverage possible. Give us a call today and we’ll make sure you’ve got the best. Atchley & Associates: 951-275-0340!
Thanks to www.alarms.org for the great infographic on pool safety!