There is nothing more refreshing than jumping into your pool on a hot and humid summer day. But it’s just as important to realize that there are some dangers that come with swimming in bodies of water. That’s true during a day at the beach, in the middle of a lake, or even in the comfort of your own backyard.
Read on to learn how to practice common sense pool safety, from avoiding cramps to child-safe pool safety covers.
Swimmer’s ear is a condition where the outer ear and/or the outer ear canal becomes infected from swimming in contaminated water. An ear infection might sound like no big deal, but it can be incredibly painful, and will result in red, hot to the touch, swollen ears. You may even experience a thick pus-like discharge, along with temporary hearing loss. The only treatment available is visiting your doctor for a proper diagnosis, and getting a prescription for antibiotics.
How to prevent: Bacteria forms in moist environments, so use ear plugs in order to prevent water from entering the ear canal. If you do get water in your ear make sure to thoroughly dry it with a piece of cotton, and apply an alcohol-vinegar solution into your ears after swimming to prevent bacteria growth.
Swimming after eating
Think that myth of waiting at least half an hour after you eat is just an old wives tale? It turns out your parents might have been on to something after all. After you eat, blood flow to your stomach increases, drawing it away from your muscles, which can then cause immobilizing cramps. This puts you at risk for drowning as your cramps can weigh you down, cause you to feel drowsy, and possibly even lose consciousness.
How to prevent: Seriously, just wait at least an hour after you eat a full meal to go swimming.
Between 2005 and 2009, there were 10 deaths due to drowning per day. Young children are especially at risk. If they fall into the pool and can’t get out on their own… That’s why it is so important to ensure they are safe around the pool, and why so many parents, grandparents, and cool aunts and uncles are investing in pool safety products.
How to prevent accidental pool drownings:
1. Enroll kids in swimming classes. Surprisingly, 44% of Americans do not know basic water-safety skills, so teaching young people how to take care of themselves in the water will give you peace of mind.
2. Secure your pool with the proper swimming pool fencing, pool gates, and pool safety covers. Barriers like pool fences will prevent children from entering the pool without proper supervision, and pool safety covers will reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 83%.
Keep a look out for How to Protect Yourself in the Pool: Part 2!