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.