When the day’s a scorcher, there’s nothing quite like putting on your bathing suit and heading to the local pool. While most public places have a plethora of lifeguards on duty, it’s still important to keep yourself safe. Each year, the United States sees an average of 10 drownings a day, and that’s not including those who died after falling from a boat (those are categorized under boating accidents). For today’s blog, we’d like to cover some ways to stay safe and cool by the pool:
- Learn to swim. Swimming lessons aren’t just for kids. Many communities offer adult swimming lessons for those who can’t swim as well or who never learned as children. If you never had any lessons as a child, think about picking up this skill over the summer!
- Don’t drink alcohol. While it may be relaxing to float around the pool with a cocktail by your side, this situation can turn deadly pretty quick. Alcohol can cause you to become disoriented in the water, so if you fall in, you may not be able to find your way back to the surface. The same is true of some prescription drugs, so ask your doctor if it’s a good idea to swim after certain medication.
- Keep an eye on the kids. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. Make sure your children have swimming lessons early on, and that they’re monitored at all times in the pool.
- Don’t rely on air-filled toys. While these may help you float for a while, by no means can they save your life in a deadly situation. Do have fun with them, but don’t rely on them as a method of keeping you safe.
- Don’t hold your breath for too long. If you’re the competitive type, you may have had contests where you see who can stay under the longest. It can be easy to get carried away with this, and you risk passing out under the water.
While we don’t carry pool safety equipment, we do have a wide variety of other items that can help you stay safe, such as mobility products and bath safety equipment.