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Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Staying Safe While You Swim

With the summer months in full swing, that means spending time by the pool—but that also means an influx in water-related injuries. The health experts at Antelope Valley Medical Center are here to share some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe as you swim this summer!

Always Supervise Children & Teens

Accidental drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children and teens between the age of 1 and 14, only second to motor vehicle accidents. This makes it imperative for parents, guardians, and adults to stay alert and present when spending time in and around water—even when a lifeguard is present.

Stay Hydrated While Swimming

Although you're surrounded by water, staying hydrated can often slip your mind when spending time doing water-related activities. However, when you don't properly hydrate, you're at an increased risk for heat exhaustion. This heat-related illness happens when you're exposed to extreme temperatures without taking in enough liquids to regulate your body temperature.

Although there is not a specific amount of water you should be drinking each day, it is recommended that you try to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water to stay adequately hydrated—especially when physically active.

No Running or Diving

Although spending time at the pool can bring excitement, it is important to avoid running around the water’s edge or diving into a pool head-first. The behaviors can lead to accidents and head injuries that can be potentially fatal.

Avoid Alcohol

When it comes to accidental drownings, about 70% of them involve alcohol consumption. This is because the following effects of alcohol are heightened when warmer weather and direct sunlight are involved:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Balance issues
  • Impaired decision-making skills

While you may want to have a cold drink by the water, it’s advised that you skip out on the alcohol if you plan on swimming or spending time by the water’s edge.

Trauma Center in Lancaster, CA

At Antelope Valley Medical Center, we understand that every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death. Antelope Valley Medical Center 's Trauma Center is staffed with highly trained professionals, including a trauma surgeon, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and radiologists.

Antelope Valley Medical Center is also the only hospital in the area approved by the County of Los Angeles as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). This means that we are ready to treat infants, children, and adolescents with serious illnesses or injuries at any time.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated trauma care page for more information.

Call 911 if you or someone around you are experiencing a medical emergency.