As swimming pools across the area open this Memorial Day weekend and we take to the water to cool off, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to be vigilant about pool and water safety. Not including boating incidents, on average about 10 people die from drowning every day in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. These deaths are preventable! Follow these water safety tips and educate your family about water safety before your next trip to the pool.
- Children must be actively supervised at all times with no distractions – put that cellphone down!
- Teach children to obey the posted rules to include swimming restrictions and potential hazards.
- Ensure pools and spas are fenced on all sides with a self-closing & latching gate.
- Always have a way to call 911 and know your location should you need help!
- A U.S. Coast guard approved lifejacket should be worn for water sports such as tubing, skiing, or jet skiing. Pool toys such as inner tubes, water wings and inflatable rafts are not safe substitutes for approved lifejackets.
- Swimmers should only use recreational items such as slides, diving boards, etc. in approved areas. Avoid non-commercial items such as tree swings, ropes, and similar items due to potential unsafe conditions.
- Know CPR. Find a CPR class near you.
- Ask the lifeguard how deep the water is and stay out of water deeper than your swimming skills allow for.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Never jump or dive unless the lifeguard or an adult says it is okay to do so.
- Don’t eat candy or chew gum when swimming.
- Get out of the water right away if you hear thunder or see lightning.
- When on a boat, everyone needs a seat and his or her own U.S. Coastguard approved lifejacket
*Source: National Safety Council