How to Administer CPR and Other Pool Safety Tips

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CPR, or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, can mean the difference between life and death for those you're swimming with. When you pull someone from the water, you should check the individual's circulation, airway, and breathing (CAB). CPR should be administered by someone who has been trained and knows how to properly do it. Have someone contact 911. If there is no one around with the proper training, you can perform CPR by giving the victim 100 chest compressions per minute. If you know what you're doing, you can administer rescue breathing every 30 compressions.

On top of CPR, here are some other things that you should remember to ensure that you have a safe experience at the pool:

  • Always supervise your children when they are in or near the water.
  • Don't swim alone. Bring along a buddy or find a pool with a lifeguard on duty.
  • Educate your children on pool safety, such as walking around the pool or listening to the lifeguard.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons. Until they are confident in their swimming abilities, have your children wear a life jacket while around the water.
  • Watch out for entrapments, such as drains or pipes, that could pull your children under the water.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol while swimming.
  • If you have a pool at your home, lock the door and have an alarm to alert you when children cross the gate without you.

Everyone can benefit from completing first aid courses and learning CPR and other pool safety techniques. Find a program near you that can get you CPR certified.

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