Water Safety Rules You Need to Know
Water safety is very important for those who enjoy being in the water. If you have a pool or live near a pool, the safest approach is to have a fence surrounding the entire pool area with locked gates that can’t be opened. If this is not possible, alarms on any doors or windows that can give access to a pool will alert others to unauthorized access. Other safety tips for those with access to a pool:
- Never prop the gate open near a pool.
- When it’s time to go inside, remove all floats and water toys that could tempt young children to come back to the pool unattended.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture or playground equipment.
Safety for everyone
- Keep rescue equipment and a first-aid kit beside the pool.
- Learn CPR, because you won’t have time to wait for paramedics to arrive in a drowning accident. Remember that going four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
- Don’t drink alcohol. It impairs your judgment as well as your balance and coordination. Consider this: alcohol use is involved in up to 70 percent of water-related deaths.
- Have a phone nearby in case of an emergency.
- Don’t swim alone. You never know when you could be in a life-threatening situation in the water.
- Wear a life jacket every time you go boating. The vast majority of people who die in boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket.
About the Author
Thomas Thekkekandam, MD, ABFM, CAQSM is a Sports Medicine Specialist with Cone Health Primary Care at MedCenter Kernersville