Pools are fun, but they also pose some dangers we need to be aware of in order to avoid injury. As winter ends and the warm weather approaches, most of us start thinking about fun summer activities like swimming with our friends and family. The risks of injury include being trapped in inadequate drain covers, injuries from diving into pools, and injuries from slipping around wet poolside surfaces. For example, the CDC reported that drowning is the second leading cause of deaths in children ages 1 to 14 years old.
Safety Tips: Here are some important safety tips to help keep your family safe around pools:
- Install proper drain covers in pools and spas
- BE AWARE – don’t leave children unattended in or around pools – only a few seconds can be the difference between life and death around pools
- Learn CPR
A website filled with great information and many more tips to help you stay safe this summer around pools is www.poolsafely.gov. My hope is that this summer will be safer than previous summers, and that we will prevent needless deaths and injuries in and around pools. Have fun, but please be safe.