Pool and camp season is quickly approaching. As the temperatures start to rise, many of us head to the pool for sun, fun and to cool off. Many of our young people head off to summer camps, as well.
Rescue One Training for Life would like to remind you and your family to stay hydrated and aware of the summer heat. Protect yourself and your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen every two hours.
When spending time in or near the pool, keep a close eye on everyone in the pool and make sure an adult is present at all times. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten people die each day due to accidental drowning…thousands each year.
The best way to prevent drowning is of course, prevention. However, if an swimming accident occurs, immediate CPR measures can double or triple a person’s chances of survival. Learning CPR can help save lives in cases of drowning.
Some important pool and swimming safety tips
1. Know CPR. see our CPR training services
2. Install pool safety mechanisms like self-closing / self-locking gates and pool alarms. Make sure latches are out of reach of children and keep gates locked.
3. Adults should be actively monitoring children at all times… with no distractions. Drownings can happy quickly — even in small kiddie pools with small amounts of water.
4. Do not use inflatable toys, water wings or floaties in place of life jackets. They are not designed specifically for safety.
5. Children and those new to swimming should take swimming lessons and not swim alone.
6. Avoid alcohol. Do not drink while enjoying water related activities such as swimming, boating or skiing.
“Since 2008, the American Heart Association has recommended that when you witness an adult or teen suddenly collapse to use Hands-Only CPR — CPR without breaths. Hands-Only CPR teaches basic steps: First, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast on the center of the chest until professional help or an AED arrives. By using Hands-Only CPR, bystanders can still act to improve the odds of survival, whether they are trained in conventional CPR or not. The AHA encourages everyone to view a one-minute Hands-Only CPR video at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.” -the American Heart Association.
Would you know what to do if you witnessed someone drowning or collapsing?
Rescue One provides a comprehensive CPR and AED course designed to teach members of the general public correct CPR techniques for use on adults, children and infants.
To learn CPR and AED training, contact Rescue One Training for Life.
Rescue One also offers short term AED rentals for pool season, special events, and camps. Click here to learn more about our AED rentals.