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Published on May 26, 2019

Water Safety Rules You Need to Know

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

Water Safety Rules You Need to KnowThomas Thekkekandam, MD, ABFM, CAQSM is a Sports Medicine Specialist with Cone Health Primary Care at MedCenter Kernersville