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Swimming Pool Safety Tips


Summer is just around the corner and that means the season for swimming is almost here! While this is a fun and popular recreational sport, it is important to do so safely. Before heading to the beach or the pool, be sure to follow these important swimming safety tips. This will ensure a safe swimming experience for all.

  • Only swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards. (If swimming in a pool at home, make sure children are supervised by adults at all times.)
  • Always swim with another person. Never swim alone.
  • Always supervise children whenever they are near water. Never leave a child unattended and make sure all supervising adults are not distracted.
  • Make sure all young children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Remember, however, that these alone are not life-saving devices.
  • Teach everyone in your family how to swim and make sure they can do so independently.
  • Make sure home pools have a safety barrier around them to prevent young children from wandering into the pool.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen and avoid long exposure to the sun during hours of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid running around the pool to avoid injury from slipping.
  • Avoid eating food or drinking alcohol when swimming.
  • Never dive into water without knowing its depth. (Look for depth markers in a pool)
  • Avoid horseplay in the water. Someone could really get hurt.
  • Never swim during a storm.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure there is always an adult close by that knows CPR and first-aid.

Swimming can be a wonderful and relaxing activity on a hot summer day. However, it can also be a real danger. Every year, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children under 14. Even people that know how to swim can drown, so it is important to always follow these safety rules before jumping in the water. Summer is a time for play, laughter, and relaxation. Help ensure a fun and safe summer by obeying safety rules around the water.  

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