Now that area swimming pools are open, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides and Fire Chief David Stokes urge residents to adhere to the following tips to stay safe this summer:
- Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
- Always supervise children in the water.
- Ensure proper life jackets and/or age appropriate coast guard approved flotation devices are available.
- Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool unexpectedly.
- Secure your pool with at least a 4’ high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
- Ensure everyone in the home learns how to swim.
- Keep the pool/spa water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
- Establish rules for the pool deck such as “No Diving,” “Swim with a Buddy” and “No Running.”
- Avoid alcohol use if swimming.
- Keep toys away from pool edge so they don’t attract young children.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency number to call… 911
- If a child is missing, check the water first… every second counts!
- The adult swim supervisor should know CPR. If you would like to learn more about CPR certification provided by the Annapolis Fire Department, email CPR@annapolis.gov, or call the Emergency Medical Services Division at 410-263-7978.