Learn how to make your pool safer for your family and guests this summer.
There’s nothing like enjoying a swimming pool during hot summer weather. During Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with common illnesses and injuries that can take place in pools. Armed with five ways to make your pool safer, you can look forward to a healthier, happier summer.
What are recreational water illnesses and injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ten people die from unintentional drowning every day. Two of these individuals are kids under 14. Along with drowning risks, other injuries can occur in or around a pool. Recreational water illnesses are illnesses caused by germs spread in water or by chemicals that can affect the air around a pool. Diarrhea is the most common, but they can also include wound infection, ear infection, eye infection and other illnesses.
Five ways to prevent water illnesses and injuries:
- Take kids on frequent bathroom breaks and never change diapers next to the pool.
- Adults and children should wash thoroughly before swimming. The CDC reports that invisible amounts of fecal matter can end up in the pool without proper washing.
- Maintain your pool, testing the water for safety. Additionally, keep your pool deck area clear of falling hazards and toys.
- Don’t substitute pool toys for life saving devices. Kids and non-swimmers can easily slip from pool toys.
- Insist on supervision around the pool at all times. Encourage family members and guests to learn to swim before using your pool.
In case of emergency around the pool or severe illness, know where to get help quickly. Become familiar with Emergency Care services at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Give our free Consult-A-Nurse® service a call with any summer safety questions or to request a physician referral at 1-800-446-6956.