It’s July, and the pools have been open at our apartments for a couple of weeks. It pleases us to say that: The pools are officially open! The pool is a wonderful place for the entire family to meet new friends, have fun, swim for exercise or refresh in the cool water. During our pool hours, a certified Red Cross lifeguard stands watch. Our pools operate under strict rules so as to protect all of our residents, especially children. We hope that you will review our safety rules with the entire family. With that in mind, we thought this would be a perfect time to pass on a few additional safety tips:
When it comes to staying safe in the pool, we all must look out for one another including children, be prepared for any situation, be attentive, and protect ourselves properly against the sun.
1) Teach children How to swim!
In the majority of fatal cases of pool related incidents, most victims are under the age of five. Many options exist to enroll children in free or reduced price swimming lessons, such as local YMCAs (nearest site to our properties is located at 11088 Knights Road) as well as the Parks and Recreation Department. Be sure to take advantage of these resources all summer long!
2) Learn CPR!
As they always say, it’s vital to be safe than sorry. More often than not, bystanders are the first responders during an emergency and those first few moments are critical for victims. CPR certifications are available through classes at local hospitals, the American Red Cross, and community centers.
3) Be Attentive
As mentioned above, bystanders are usually the first ones to respond before certified professionals take over. But there is a way to prevent such a situation from taking place by paying attention and never leaving children under age 14 unattended in pool areas! Be attentive to avoid the next pool accident.
4) Protection from the Sun
Not all of us are immune to sunburn, which is why it’s essential to use sunblock. Sunblock should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to arriving at the pool. Not only can too much sun cause immediate discomfort of sunburn, but too much sun exposure can also lead to melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.
Remember to apply sunblock during each hour spent outside. Using an SPF of 35 is recommended. Please keep in mind that SPF numbers are not equal to more protection from the sun; an SPF of 40 and above only means more chemicals have been added to the sunscreen. It won’t be more effective than a sunblock with SPF 35, which is the most protective sunscreen you can purchase.
There are a variety of sunblock types including spray and liquid. Regardless of which you prefer, choose a waterproof product. Finally, all sunblocks have an expiration date (generally three years). Make sure to check the date before use.
We take the pride in the fact that we have a lifeguard on duty at each pool location during pool hours. It is important that each resident or guest act responsibly, follow the rules and take individual measures to ensure their personal and family safety. In the event that an emergency occurs, make sure to stay calm, find the lifeguard for immediate help and call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Vigilance is the only way to keep injuries at a minimum and it should be at the forefront of interests of each person at the pool during every visit. We hope you have a safe 2016 summer!
Keep your cool and enjoy the community pools!