Pool Safety Emergency Plan
There are a number of emergencies that can occur around swimming pools. For this reason, it is highly recommended that pool owners develop a pool safety emergency plan to be prepared for any such situation.
People tend to panic during emergencies. This usually happens because they do not know how to proceed or what the next step should be to handle the situation. When panic occurs, precious time is wasted. Having a pool safety emergency plan in place can prevent emergencies from occurring and prepare you for them in case they do.
Again, time is very precious in such situations as it can make the difference between life and death. Therefore, everyone in the house should be aware of your pool safety emergency plan, even young children. At times, it may take more than one person to carry out the steps. Furthermore, it is possible to train your pets to follow them.
Pool Safety Emergency Plannning
To help you develop your pool safety emergency plan, we have some ideas covering some crucial pool emergencies listed here:
Keep a Telephone near the Pool
This can be a life-saver. Young children should be taught how to call 911 and that this number is used for emergencies only. There have been many cases in which a call placed to 911 by a child has saved a life. Always keep a telephone near the pool so the injured person can be attended to and the ambulance can be called simultaneously, if necessary. Keep 911 on speed dial and attach a symbol on the button that informs a child to press to make that emergency call. Children tend to stay much calmer under stressful situations.
Treating Chlorine Poisoning
Pool water contains chlorine, which acts as a sanitizer. However, inhaling or ingesting large amounts of chlorine may cause poisoning. Children often ingest chlorinated water while in the pool. This can cause vomiting, abdominal pain and a burning sensation in the esophagus. Note the degree of gastrointestinal problems. If it is severe, then take the victim to an emergency room. Pool water usually contains a low amount of chlorine so it should not be a life-threatening problem unless someone has added an excessive amount to it.
Saving a Drowning Victim
If someone starts to drown in the pool, it may take less than 3-5 minutes for their lungs to get completely filled with water. Assign duties to each member of the family during pool hours. The person in charge should have a whistle, which should be blown if someone is seen having difficulties in the pool. This will call everyone’s attention. The victim should be taken out of the pool immediately and CPR should be performed. Learning CPR is easy and everyone in the house should know it. Meanwhile, any other person present should call an ambulance.
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