June 2017 Steve Kukowski

There’s nothing like cooling off with a swim on a hot day. The American Red Cross offers these suggestions for keeping yourself and others safe at home while taking a dip:

  • Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Keep children under active supervision at all times. Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool – never allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes, or more serious diseases.
  • Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy,” and “walk please.”
  • Ensure everyone in the home knows how to respond to aquatic emergencies by having appropriate safety equipment and taking water safety, first aid, and CPR courses.
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