As Memorial Day has came to an end and the scorching sun raises the temperature, people head for their swimming pools and other open water, such as rivers, lakes and dams, to cool down, and the local emergency medical services (EMS) prepares for any eventuality. In an attempt to prevent accidents, Eastern Carolina's EMS Association is educating the public about water-related safety precautions.
Eastern Carolina's EMS Association's Media Liaison Doug Strickland has released a list of 20 safety tips and hints.
- Never swim alone or allow anyone to swim unsupervised;
- Learn to swim as soon as possible - children as young as four can learn to swim; However, don't think that a child is drown-proof after a few lessons - accidents still happen;
- Always swim in designated areas in lakes and dams and at the sea;
- Wear a life jacket or life preserver if you cannot swim - an air mattress or tube does not replace a life jacket;
- Don't swim in cold water as it may cause hypothermia;
- Never dive into unknown or cloudy water;
- Never swim if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Obey all swimming signs and lifeguard instructions;
- Never swim or play in stormwater systems;
- Never attempt to cross flooded rivers or roadways;
- Never assume that someone is watching the children - assign a responsible adult to watch the pool and the area surrounding the pool;
- Lock all doors and gates leading to the pool area;
- Have the pool fenced and gated with self-latching devices; A properly fitted pool net may be a better solution;
- Don't leave toys or other objects near or in the water;
- If the pool is not in use because of filter or pump problems or is no longer required have it drained - dirty water is not a deterrent and you cannot see a child in the water;
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and keep the EMS numbers close by - 911
- Do not allow children to run or ride around the swimming pool;
- Do not dive in the shallow end of the pool
If you have any questions or would like more information on water safety, first aid or other emergency tips, please feel free to contact Eastern Carolina's EMS Association at ECEMS@aol.com or your local EMS or fire Department.
Thank you and have a safe summer!
EASTERN CAROLINA'S EMS ASSOCIATION - is a non-profit professional organization of individuals within Eastern North Carolina who are engaged in
Emergency Medical Services and is trying to make an impact upon the health and welfare of the public, promote, represent, and provide guidance for the practice of pre-hospital care. ECEMSA now has over 500 members and is 100% free to join.