Who doesn’t love jumping in the pool on a hot day? Having access to a pool is a great way to stay cool during the hot summer months, meet up with friends, entertain children, get some exercise, and more! Unfortunately, thousands of swimming accidents and injuries occur every year. It is critical to remember safety and best practices around pools and swimming areas in order to ensure that everyone returns home healthy and happy!
Always Supervise Children:
Even if a lifeguard is present, you should always keep an eye on your children while they are in or near the pool. Drowning accidents can happen in as little as 25 seconds, even for strong swimmers! Allowing a child to go to a pool alone or leaving them unattended is never a good idea. If your apartment complex has a pool, the rules will require children to be supervised.
It can be difficult to remember to drink water when you are splashing around in it! Swimming is one of the most strenuous sports, so its important to drink lots of water, especially on hot days. To keep your energy up, reduce cramping, and avoid heat stroke, be sure to stay hydrated while swimming.
If your child is unable to swim, use an appropriate personal floatation device rather than relying on toys or noodles for floatation. Swimming for an extended period of time can be exhausting, so taking frequent rest breaks is a good way to avoid becoming fatigued. Swimming lessons give your children confidence in the water and are one of the most effective ways to prevent drowning. Water survival training can begin as early as one year old, and by the age of four, most children are ready for swim lessons!
Another common mistake is neglecting to apply sunscreen while swimming, because the water can make it feel as if the sun isn’t on your skin. However, UV rays can easily penetrate water, putting you at risk of sunburn and skin cancer. Before entering the water, apply a water-resistant sunscreen and let it dry for the recommended amount of time. Sunscreen loses effectiveness faster when submerged in water, so reapply it every hour.
Follow The Rules:
If you are visiting a public pool or have access to one at your apartment community, be sure to learn about the rules and regulations. If you are bringing children to the pool, it’s your responsibility to make sure they are aware of the rules and that they follow them. This helps the community in keeping their pool safe, clean, and open for everyone’s enjoyment!
With a little bit of vigilance, everyone can have a fantastic time this summer!
At The Vue Apartments we are proud to provide a clean and sparkling pool for our residents to enjoy! Our resort style pool is within walking distance of our apartment homes and includes plenty of lounge chairs and café tables with umbrellas to enjoy a perfect summer afternoon. If you are ready to enjoy a beautiful apartment pool and other luxury amenities this summer, contact The Vue Apartments in Crozet today to get started!