Summer is right around the corner, which means school is out and the kids are outside and playing in the pool. While the cool water and pool toys will keep the kids busy for hours, pools can become quite dangerous when rules aren’t set and followed.
At Rawlins County Health Center, the last thing we want for Atwood residents is to have a poolside accident. We want everyone to be able to enjoy their summer vacation, not spending the afternoon or weekend in the hospital. Here are some of the top pool safety tips. In the case of an emergency, visit our 24-hour ER for exceptional service and care.
Keeping Kids Safe This Summer by the Pool
- Never leave a child unattended: Young kids should never be left alone by the pool. An adult who is a strong swimmer should always be around to watch young swimmers.
- Keep a range of safety items nearby: Pool safety items include a long pole with a hook and a life ring, as well as pool guards to make edges visible.
- Install pool alarms, covers, and barriers: Use a pool cover when the pool is not in use, install covers on the filters and drain covers, and make sure there is a tall, sturdy fence or gate surrounding the pool.
- Learn CPR: Enroll in a CPR class in the case of an emergency and ensure that your certification is current.
- Teach kids how to swim: Teaching even swimming basics like blowing bubbles and kicking feet can go a long way to protect inexperienced swimmers.
- Maintain the pool area: Keep an eye out for broken edges, cracks in the decking, holes in the fence, and loose ladders, and fix any necessary repairs right away.
- Don’t rely on fun floatation toys: Arm floaties and tubes should not be used as floatation devices as they can actually endanger a child who doesn’t know how to properly swim. Rather, purchase a full personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket.
- Wear sunscreen: Spending hours in a secure pool without sunscreen can still be dangerous. Be sure to protect your skin as well.
If you have any questions or need medical assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Rawlins County Health Center. Stay safe this summer and remember to have fun!