Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and for many, plans include fun in the backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross offers tips folks can follow to have fun and stay safe while in and around the water.
SWIMMING SAFETY Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. Almost two million people of all ages learn to swim each year through Red Cross programs. Contact your local Red Cross chapter and take the first step toward summer safety – learn how to swim, and get the facts about water safety, home pool safety, first aid and CPR classes. Other safety tips include:
POOL SAFETY It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
The Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.
FIRST AID APP Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for everyday emergency at someone’s fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Appleor Google Play for Android app stores.