There is almost no better way to beat the heat, on a warm summer day, than to take a dip in the pool. If you’ll be utilizing a community pool, instead of your own, take a minute to consider these tips in regard to public pool safety.
Follow the Rules
At first, this may seem like silly advice. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rules and in the water this can be very dangerous. Always follow any instructions that a lifeguard may give you. This trained individual is there for a reason and is only providing advice to keep swimmers safe.
Just because the pool has a lifeguard on duty doesn’t mean that children can be left unsupervised. It is virtually impossible for even the most experienced lifeguard to keep track of everyone in the water, at the same time. As a parent or accompanying adult, it is your responsibility to keep your group out of harm’s way.
Many pools have both a shallow and a deep end. There may be requirements, in order to venture into deeper water. Keep them in mind at all times.
Before allowing children into the pool, remind them to stay away from any drains, pipes or other openings that may cause entrapment.
Keep Your Feet Protected
Another important element of public pool safety has to do with keeping your feet properly protected. Wearing flip-flops or another type of beach-related footwear greatly reduces the possibility of toenail fungus.
Fungal infection of the nail is highly contagious and cannot be ignored. It never goes away on its own. If left untreated, toenail fungus typically becomes quite painful and can even spread to other parts of the body.
Flip-flops will also protect your feet from damage caused by stepping on things such as small pebbles or other debris. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Use Caution in Pool Area
Instruct children to avoid running or playing rough in the pool area. Because it is extremely slippery, running could cause major injury to themselves or others around them. The last thing you want is to ruin an enjoyable family outing, due to someone slipping and falling or getting hurt in some other manner.
If you would like more information about foot safety, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to provide you with more tips to keep your family safe.