Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes reminds area residents that the warmer weather draws residents and visitors to Annapolis’ numerous swimming locations.
The Annapolis Fire Department urges all swimmers to adhere to the following tips to keep you safe this summer season:
- Always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always supervise children while they are in the water. They should be no more than an arms length away.
- Never leave children unattended while around the pool.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from pools edge so they don’t attract young children to play by the pools edge. If a child is missing, check the water first. SECONDS COUNT! Call 911 if necessary.
- Ensure proper life jackets and/or age appropriate Coast Guard approved floatation 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.
- Establish rules for the pool deck such as “No Diving” “Swim with a Buddy” and “No Running.”
- Avoid alcohol use if you are going swimming. It impairs judgment and coordination and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency number to call is 911.
- Ensure any adult supervising others knows CPR. Have children learn CPR. It will be something that will stay with them for a lifetime.