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Every summer, statistics show that we need more prevention on pool days. According to the CPSC, an average of 390 deaths a year are attributed to drowning in pools or spas. Furthermore, the CDC stated that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children aged 1 to 4. To help you and your loved ones stay safe around pools this summer, IMA Financial Group has compiled a few tips to consider.

Teach Children How to Swim

For every child who drowns, five other children suffer injuries that result in an emergency room visit. Therefore, besides teaching your child how to swim, you should be mindful of how they behave around pools. Never leave children unsupervised near water, and have other adults who can swim nearby in case of an emergency.

Install a Fence

Installing a safety fence around your pool is essential to avoid unexpected accidents. Moreover, if you already have one, you should regularly check that it is in good condition and repair or replace it when necessary.

Stay Hydrated and Protected From UV Rays

Excessive exposure to the sun damages skin cells, increasing the risk of melanoma and skin cancer. Therefore, wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat when you are out in the sun will prove helpful.

Additionally, try to stay in the shade when you are not in the water, considering that UV rays reflect off surfaces such as cement, sand, and water. Also, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, as dehydration is another potential risk on hot days.

Check PH Levels and Chlorine Levels

Regularly checking your pool water’s pH and chlorine levels is an essential part of pre-swimming prevention. Proper use of pool chemicals such as chlorine or bromine prevents contagious infections that affect the airways, skin, eyes, and ears.

Keep Your Pool Clean

This includes other surfaces, such as the pool deck. Cleaning it and keeping it free of debris ensures better prevention of contagious infections, falls, injuries, and other accidents. Also, put away inflatables, noodles, and other pool toys when not in use.

Protect Your Business With IMA Select

Summer should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment for the whole family. Unfortunately, many homes and venues in America suffer pool-related accidents each year. Still, there are multiple ways to prevent these events.

If your home or business needs more information on this topic or related insurance, please contact an IMA Select representative in your area. We would be glad to help you enjoy the summer safely and responsibly.

This material is for general information only and should not be considered as a substitute for legal, medical, tax and/or actuarial advice. Contact the appropriate professional counsel for such matters. These materials are not exhaustive and are subject to possible changes in applicable laws, rules, and regulations and their interpretations.

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