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First Med Urgent Care: Talking About Pool Safety

Pool safety: Avoid a visit to an urgent care, hospital or worse

We’re about to head into another month of summer and the heat is sure to rise! With the warmth of the summer sun beating down on us, more people will want to go swimming. Going swimming is fun, refreshing and it can be a great form of exercise or relaxation depending on how you chose to swim. No matter what your swimming style is, First Med Urgent Care wants you to swim safely this summer.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4? According to USA Swimming, media reports indicate that 36 states experienced at least one child drowning in a swimming pool or spa during the summer of 2014. To avoid having to rush to an urgent care, hospital or having worse circumstances occur, we hope you’ll follow these simple, swim safety steps.

1.) Always have an adult supervising the kids at play in the pool, even if there is a life guard on duty. The adult watching the children needs to be free from distractions such as cell phones or other devices, until after the children are out of the pool.

2.) If swimming at home, it is wise to place a fence around the entire pool to avoid young children from wandering into the pool unintentionally.

3.) Having an alarm on the door leading to the pool or having an underwater alarm would also be smart as this would sound off should any children accidentally make their way into the water.

4.) Cover safety drains for child safety and to prevent suction entrapment of other items.

5.) Providing swimming lessons to your children could just save their life.

6.) Learning CPR is another helpful piece of knowledge that might save a life, even if you don’t think you’ll ever use it. The truth is, you just never know!

7.) Pool covers are a smart investment to maintain that the pool stays off limits when you’re not around. If you have an above-ground pool, also consider removing the ladder from the pool when not in use so your little ones won’t be tempted to climb.

While all of these safety tips are important to ensure safe swimming for all, the most important, irreplaceable aspect of them is supervision. Always keep that in mind and have fun swimming safely!

About Us:

First Med Urgent Care is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, fevers, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries.