Pool Safety 101

poolAfter a long, tough winter, Long Islander’s are welcoming summer with open arms. And with the official first day of summer quickly approaching, many are preparing the  backyard ready and getting ready to open the pool.  BUT  before diving in or heading over to the neighbor’s house to take a dip, the Long Island Mamas & the American Red Cross want to remind all Long Islanders of these simple, safety guidelines that can keep everyone safe at the pool, this, and every summer to come!
The AMERICAN RED CROSS suggests the following guidelines:
  • Enclose the pool with a 4-feet high fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Use a pool cover when the pool is not in use, remove ladders and install a pool alarm.
  • Supervise children at all times and make sure they are wearing life vests or other floatation devices.  Swim only in designated areas.
  • Teach children not to go in or near the pool without an adult.
  • Teach everyone in the house to swim. There are many swim instructors and swimming schools on Long Island.
  • Keep your pool or hot tub water clean and all levels safe.
  • Make sure everyone knows and follows the pool rules.
  • Teach everyone in the home what to do in case of an emergency, including knowing how and when to call 9-1-1.
  • Have safety equipment nearby, such as a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Don’t forget the sunblock and to drink plenty of water.


Drowning is not always obvious; just because you’re out of the water does not mean the danger of drowning is over.
Dry OR secondary drowning is when water is in the lungs after near drowning or breathing in water while swimming. The person may appear fine and can display symptoms hours later; so be sure to keep an eye out for the symptoms which include: extreme fatigue, irritability, and trouble breathing, chest pain or cough.   It is important to know that dry drowning can be treated in the hospital with oxygen and only account for 1-2% of all drownings.


By: Tara Arichabala
Photo credit:  freedigitalphotos.net & flickr

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