Whether it’s going to an outdoor pool during the summer or visiting an indoor pool during the winter, both adults and kids in Alabama love to go swimming. The problem is that a good time at the pool can quickly turn into a nightmare due to a swimming pool accident. According to data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people suffer swimming pool injuries annually. If your child is planning to take a trip to the pool, they could be at risk of a traumatic head injury, spinal cord damage, paralysis, or even death.
Many of these types of injuries are caused by slip and falls on a wet surface just outside the pool, while the worst injuries often involve drowning caused by underwater submersion. Here are some of the best ways to prevent swimming pool accidents and drownings:
A swimming pool accident can happen in the blink of an eye. That’s why it is so important for you to make sure that your kids are not left unattended at the swimming pool for even a moment.
Even if your kids don’t plan on swimming in the deep end of the pool, they can still drown. Provide your children with flotation devices – and make sure they know how to use the devices.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a technique that could save the life of your loved one if they ever drown, so take the time needed to learn about administering CPR and first aid.
Whether it’s a pool located in a backyard at a private residence or a public pool after hours, don’t trespass on the property and go swimming without permission. If anything happens to you while swimming, you may not be able to get immediate medical attention.