As the weather gets warmer, it’s inevitable that you and your family will be around pools this summer. Review our top 7 water safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer!

1.Always be alert when watching children in the pool.

It’s always easy to look away for a few moments to check social media or check text messages. Remember, drowning can occur in the time it takes to answer a phone call. Please stay alert and always designate an adult as the pool watcher. 

2. Be prepared for an emergency by keeping up with the latest CPR techniques.

After calling 911, you can help revive consciousness and prevent further damage by performing CPR. Where can you learn these techniques? urSwim offers American Red Cross safety courses in Adult CPR, Child/Infant CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding to better prepare you for emergencies. Call us to learn when our next course offering is available. 

3. Prohibit running from your pool area.

Running by the pool is extremely dangerous for a number of reasons, but could quickly become a nightmare if a child or loved one slips and falls. Head and neck injuries are possible which could lead to numerous injuries and cause unconsciousness and lead to falls into the water.

4. Remove toys in or around pool area when not in use.

Pool toys are something that can make a child’s experience in the water more fun, but when the pool is not in use, it is easy for a child to reach for a toy and fall in the water while doing so.

 5. Install a self-closing, self-latching gate to fence off home pools.

Mesh gates are recommended because they are not easy to climb, but any fence could help prevent drowning incidents. It is also recommended to have a gate that can only be opened by a key for extra protection. Check out our friends at Life Saver Pool Fence – tell them urSwim sent you for additional promotions and savings.

6. If a child is missing, check the pool FIRST.

In a case where you cannot find a child after calling their name, make sure to check the pool first. It only takes 10 seconds for a child to be fully submerged under water and less than 2 minutes for a child to lose consciousness. In even more serious cases, it only takes an average of 4-6 minutes before a child suffers permanent brain damage from submersion.

7. Make life jackets a must for ALL inexperienced swimmers around the water.

Life jackets give some assurance in keeping swimmers afloat, but it is always important to still have them under adult or lifeguard supervision because accidents can happen even with the jackets on.

By following these tips and providing swimming lessons, your family will be protected and will have a better understanding of pool safety this summer.  urSwim offers Long Island a full learn-to-swim program in the comfort and convenience of your home.