Life can be busy. In the hectic pace of society today, it is often difficult to carve out time to relax. And for a lot of people, relaxation = privacy. You wouldn’t go to a rock concert to take a nap, or try doing yoga on a busy freeway. If you did, it wouldn’t be very relaxing. Unless life-threatening behavior relaxes you, that is.
Few things are as relaxing and refreshing as a nice, cool dip in a swimming pool on a hot summer day. But if you are sharing that pool with a few dozen people and you have young kids with you, this relaxing treat can turn dangerous in a hurry. Every year thousands die or suffer serious injuries in swimming pool accidents. And drowning is the 2nd leading cause of deaths for children under 14. But there are things you can do to help prevent your relaxing activity from ending in tragedy. Here are a few tips to stay safe at public pools this summer.
The first step is simply to watch your children and stay alert when they are around the water. Keeping an eye on them and staying close enough to act if necessary will help keep them safe. Also, it helps if there are lifeguards on duty who are paying close attention to what is happening in the pool. A proper lifeguard to swimmer ratio is important, and knowing that your lifeguards are getting frequent breaks helps them to stay more alert when they are on the stand.
Does the public pool have proper safety equipment? Are there safety drain covers in place? Has the pool been inspected and deemed safe? Do the pumps appear to be running and functioning properly? And most importantly, do they have life-saving devices such as life rings and reaching poles readily available? A lack of adequate safety equipment can make you and your children more at risk when at a public pool.
Recreational water illnesses (RWI) can be contracted when water is not treated properly. That’s why it is important that the pool owners are diligent in maintaining the pool in the right manner. Swimmers are susceptible to RWI’s at public spas and swimming pools because they spread through swallowing, breathing, or being in contact with contaminated water, putting them at risk to health problems associated with these illnesses.
Making sure you and your children are following the safety rules of the pool will help them to stay safe. Many public pools have rules such as no running, no diving, and no rough housing in the pool. Abiding by these rules makes it easier on the lifeguards, and keeps your family from potential accidents.