Sitting poolside this summer? Check out DryFins’ pool safety tips.
The warm sun shines down on your skin as you lay poolside, lounging on a beach towel while the sweet summer air lingers with hints of an aromatic, far off barbeque. It’s summertime and you know what that means—pool days, and lots of them. The only thing more important than splashing in the sun is pool safety. If your plans include raft reclining and water wading, follow our list of safety tips.
1.) Stay Hydrated
At the center of pool safety is water, so this tip is fitting. As the sun beats down, the temperatures rise and outdoor activity increases, it’s natural to lose water. So, it’s important to replace the water that you have lost by drinking plenty of liquids throughout your pool day. Keep a cooler full of cold, bottled water to help you cool off and stay hydrated.
2.) Lather Up!
It’s a no brainer, but it’s so important to wear sunscreen. Protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays by using broad-spectrum protection sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher (preferably waterproof, too). According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than every other cancer combined. Additionally, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone, regardless of age or ethnicity, use sunscreen to protect themselves.
3.) Don’t Leave Kids Alone
Kids should never be left unattended by the pool or in the pool. Even if your little ones are proficient swimmers, it’s important to keep a close eye on their pool activities since safety isn’t usually their top priority. If you have to leave the pool, make sure you take the kids with you, instruct them to sit out and have a snack for a bit, or leave another trustworthy adult to play lifeguard.
4.) Stay Away From Pool Drains
A big tip that often goes unmentioned is steering clear of pool drains. This tip is especially important to pass off to your kids. Pool drains’ suction can easily trap small children by the limbs, but they can also hold hair, jewelry and swim trunks captive—and we all know how much you’d hate to part with your beloved DryFins trunks.
5.) Take a CPR Class
Every pool safety stickler should know the ultimate safety measure—CPR. If you find yourself to be a regular pool-goer or have kids who love to swim, CPR is a useful skill to learn because you never know when an accident could happen. If you’re interested in learning CPR, reach out to your local hospitals, community centers or the American Red Cross to inquire about getting certified.
Whether you find yourself sunbathing on a poolside chaise or you taking a dip, it’s important to be aware of how you can keep yourself and others safe in the pool. Take advantage of the summertime, but be proactive and protective of yourself and those around you by sticking to these basic pool safety tips.