As the summer gets hotter, you may be seeking a refuge from the heat in the pool or at the beach. To ensure that water activities are not only fun but also safe, below are some tips from the Atlantic Training and HealthLink BC:
- Keep rescue equipment close at hand such as a long pole with a “shepherd’s hook” at the end or a life preserver when in a home pool. Make sure these items are made of fiberglass or a material that won’t conduct electricity. If swimming in a public pool/beach, look for and read the safety signs.
- Walk, do not run on the pool deck. This area can be very slippery, especially when there is water on the deck.
- Avoid “floaties” (inflatable floating aids), which offer a false sense of security. Wear a life jacket/personal floating device that is Transport Canada approved and is the right size for your weight.
- Watch for hazards and underwater traps. Don’t use a pool with broken/lacking drain covers or play around skimmers or pool drains: body parts and hair can easily become caught in the suction and suction from drains can also trap swimmers underwater.
- Never swim alone, use a “buddy system” and watch out for each other. Even if you’re an excellent swimmer, you may be stung, get a cramp, or somehow lose your ability to swim.