Top Three Safety Tips
A neighborhood or community pool is a great place to relax with a book, sunbathe or just splash around with friends. But, like with all things, there can be dangers involved. Injuries, drownings and sun illnesses can and have taken place at swimming pools all across the world. Fortunately for vacationers everywhere, a day at the pool can easily be a safe and incident-free experience when the proper precautions are taken. So, before you dive in, here are the top three safety tips for stress and accident-free fun in the sun.
Walk. Don’t Run.
There’s a reason lifeguards whistle down any and all guests attempting to dash around the pool’s edges. No, it’s not so that they can laugh at swimmers’ ridiculous, floatie-clad power walks. Swimming pools, as you know, are filled with water. All of that jumping, splashing, and climbing in and out leads to that same water being displaced onto cement edges, decks and steps. Speeding around these freshly slippery spots can lead to a big fall and possible injuries. A running guest could easily slip and hit their head, resulting in concussion. Even worse, the runner could be knocked unconscious and fall into the water. So be safe and stick to a slower pace when navigating the pool’s border.
Never Swim Alone
If your community pool is strictly ‘swim at your own risk’ (AKA no lifeguards), never swim alone. Unexpected cramps, injuries and illnesses could leave you struggling to stay above water. Swimming with friends or family members ensures that you have someone to help you or call for help if needed. According to the American Red Cross, drowning is second leading cause of accidental death for Americans ages 5 to 44, and it can be easily prevented with the buddy system or dedicated supervision. So, as tempting as a serene solo swim sounds, make the safe choice and bring a friend.
Take Care of Your Body
While at the pool, your body is exposed to heat, sunlight and draining exercise. To avoid bodily damage or loss of consciousness, remember to stay hydrated during your stay at the pool. If you are actively swimming throughout the day, make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water and take it easy in the shade during the mandatory breaks. Breaks are also a great time to reapply sunblock. A severe sunburn isn’t just bad for your skin. Heat exhaustion, symptomized by fever, nausea, dizziness, dehydration and loss of consciousness, often accompanies a bad sunburn and requires immediate medical attention. Be sure to stay out of the water if you feel weak, sleepy or lightheaded. When it comes to swimming, it is important not to overexert yourself.
The summer experience wouldn’t be complete without plenty of time at your local pool. So grab your towel, goggles, sunblock and some reading material. Whether you’re relaxing, having fun with friends and family, working on your tan or working on your cannonball, remember to take care of yourself and others for a safe and fun day at your community swimming pool.