Opening Swimming Pools for Summer
Make sure all Barrier Requirements for the pool are in place
Pool Alarm and other safety requirements are in place and working
Make sure your children and all children and adults in the pool or lake have had swimming lessons
Many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat. Extreme heat can force the body into overdrive as it tries to stay cool through perspiration and evaporation. Young children and older people are particularly at risk. Keep checking in on your elderly neighbors and to make sure that they are safe and comfortable. Overexposure to sun is equally dangerous, with effects ranging from mild sunburn to skin cancer.
Ensure you have plenty of cold fluids available
Try to keep your house cool, closing blinds or curtains can help
At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated. Night cooling is important as it allows the body to recuperate.
Try to stay cool by taking cool showers or baths and/or sprinkle yourself several times a day with cold water.
Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal. Watch for signs of heat stress — an early sign is fatigue.
Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body.
Try to eat as you normally would. Not eating properly may exacerbate health-related problems.
If driving, keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Take plenty of water with you and have regular rest breaks.
If you do go out, try and avoid the hottest part of the day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and seek shade where possible. Avoid being in the sun for long stretches.
If you have elderly neighbors who may be at risk during a heat wave, visit them daily.
Do not leave children or animals in parked cars. Even on cool days, strong sunshine can make car interiors very hot.
We are sill practicing the following throughout the year:
1 Stop, Drop, Cover, and Roll, and Stay Low. If used in case of fire and heavy smoke prevents injury and death.
2 Fire/Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detector Install and Use. Check, Clean, and change batteries.
3 Use Caution with Matches, Lighters, and Candles in use all the time. To prevent fire and injury.
4 Pots, Pans, Kitchen Appliances, and Electric and Blind Cords out of the reach of children. To prevent serious burns and injury.
5 Practice Escape Plan and Have a Meeting Place and Stay Out. Two ways out of every room and meeting place confirming everyone is out. Remember your pets.
There are many more practices that everyone should use. Talk to your local Fire Department if you said no to any of these and to learn more Life Safety Practices.
Remember in case a Fire strikes: “Get Out and Stay Out”