Officials with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) are reminding citizens that while swimming is a great way to spend time during the warm summer months, it is important to remember a person can drown quickly in any amount of water.
AVOID ENTRAPMENT – Suction from a pool drain is so powerful in can easily trap an unsuspecting adult or child. Use protective covers to keep swimmers safe.
LEARN TO SWIM – All family members should learn how to swim. Consider teaching children how to swim at a young age, usually around the age of four.
KNOW HOW TO RESPOND – Learn CPR and know basic water rescue skills. Post emergency numbers by the telephone. Have water rescue equipment such as a lifesaving ring and pole near the pool deck.
FOLLOW THE RULES – Be sure to follow all posted rules. No diving in the shallow end, no pushing and no running on the pool deck. Obey the lifeguard if one is provided.
OCEANS/LAKES/RIVERS – Swim in areas marked OK for swimming. Pay attention to flags or other warnings signs. Never dive in water that you can’t see the bottom of or if you don’t know how deep it is. Wear an approved life jacket while boating or on the river. Water wings and inner tubes are not substitutes for life jackets.
For additional information on swimming pool safety and preventing water related emergencies, contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division or Safe Kids Gwinnett at 678-518-4845 or e-mail email@example.com.
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