The Top 3 Safety Tips Lifeguards Want You to Know
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- Drowning doesn’t look like drowning: Surprisingly, TV reenactments of drowning can be far from reality. You might think someone would start flailing their arms and shouting for help, but most drowning victims are silent with their head barely above water. Of the more than 3,500 people who drown every year, 20% are children under the age of 14. If you’re not absolutely certain that your child is capable of swimming and treading water, head into the pool with them.
- Don’t assume someone else is watching your kids: Lifeguards have to watch all swimmers in the vicinity, meaning they can’t be counted on to keep a close eye on unattended children. Losing sight of your own young kids can be dangerous, so make sure you don’t get distracted if one of your little ones is playing in the water (even the shallow end).
- Actually read the posted rules: All pools are required to have visible signs listing the rules – make sure to take a look at them before getting in the water. Besides asking swimmers not to run, pool rules can tell you things like how old your kids have to be to swim unaccompanied, where you’re allowed to eat and drink in the pool area and what to do if there is lightning.