5. Healthy Pool Habits. Gastrointestinal illnesses in public pools and water parks have risen drastically in the last few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so make sure you and your children aren’t swallowing water. Some parasites can live for days even in chlorinated water, according to one New York Times report. And most pool-related illnesses are caused by parasites and bacteria found in feces.
6. Supervision. Drowning can occur silently, and in just minutes. And 77% of submersion victims are only missing from sight for five minutes or less, according to commission research. Parents should supervise their children or there should be a lifeguard on duty. Either way, the person supervising should know CPR. Also, very young children should not be allowed in a pool without an adult, and just because your child is using a floatation device or has taken swimming lessons, doesn’t mean they’re completely safe when no one’s watching.
Escaping work to soak up the sun poolside doesn’t mean you can forget all your worries. Be sure to scope out your surroundings for these important safety measures, especially if you’re vacationing with kids in tow.
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