With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we all know that many of us will be lounging around a pool with friends and family.
However, it is important to remember that more than 3,200 people drown each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children between the ages of 1 and 9.
Here are a few tips for pool owners and pool goers:
1. Have proper pool equipment including a pool cover to prevent kids and pets from entering pool unsupervised.
2. Keep lifesaving equipment nearby including rings and floats.
3. Keep your pool clean and clear with suction and mechanical devices away from swimmers and pets.
4. Always supervised children.
5. Limit alcohol use in order to avoid an deterrent from being observant.
6. Check the pool and the pool area for glass, electrical equipment, and toys to avoid a mishap.
7. Take an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid certification class so that you are prepared for any emergency.
Lastly, remember the sun and the heat can restrict one's level of attentiveness.
So be aware. Stay in the shade and when its extremely warm and you are becoming fatigued, drink lots of water, and wear sunscreen.
Happy Memorial Day!
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.