Swim Safety Tips for Making the Summer Safe and Fun
With summer just around the corner, most of us will be making plans for a poolside or oceanfront vacation. But before you dive into summer, make sure you know the basics when it comes to swim safety.
July 10, 2015
With summer just around the corner, most of us will be making plans for a poolside or oceanfront vacation. But before you dive into the aquatic-sports season, make sure you know the basics when it comes to swimming and water safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,400 people in the U.S. die from unintentional drowning each year, and drowning is the sixth-leading cause of accidental deaths for persons of all ages.
Unsafe swimming can also lead to numerous nonfatal injuries, such as concussions and head trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, muscle strains and sprains, exhaustion and hypothermia.
Here are some tips for making the swimming season safe and fun:
General Swim Safety
If you are injured while swimming, remain calm and signal a lifeguard for help. Call 911 or head straight to the hospital if you experience dizziness or confusion, faintness, breathing problems (often characterized by wheezing or shortness of breath), heart palpitations, a drop in blood pressure or difficulty swallowing.
Spending a day on the water — at a pool, on a boat or at the beach — can be a great source of fun and fitness. But it’s important to make safety a priority to protect yourself and others in and around the water.
For more information about emergency, urgent and trauma care, call 855-546-0863.
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