The Coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted the way we live our lives, so it goes without saying that summer vacations across the country look a little bit different this year. However, one common summer activity that has dramatically increased in popularity has been swimming. According to the NPD Group, pool sales have skyrocketed in 2020. They report that sport and other recreational toys yielded $193 million in sales in April – the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.
While swimming has always been and will continue to be a great form of entertainment and exercise, it’s more important than ever to highlight the risks associated with it so you and your family can remain safe.
Experts Highlight New Risks Associated with Swimming
The American Academy of Pediatrics has decided to shine a light on the dangers of swimming and the risks of drowning as more and more people rush to their local superstores or Amazon accounts to scoop up swimming pools. One Pennsylvania resident and mother of two said “I’m pretty sure we got the last above-ground pool in North America,” when asked about the buying frenzy by Good Morning America.
While the safety rules for swimming haven’t changed, parents and children are facing an unprecedented scenario as many caregivers may be trying to juggle work and play at the same time. When asked about the distractions, Dr. Patrick Mularoni, an emergency physician at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, said, “With parents working from home and trying to provide that supervision of their children while working, it leads to more opportunities for children to get out of the house and to get to a pool or a body of water.” John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida has already reported a 150% increase in child drowning events in comparison to this time two years ago.
Preventative Safety Measures to Keep in Mind
Tragedy can strike at a moment’s notice. However, it’s important that parents implement the following safety measures to lessen the likelihood of accidental drowning:
- Put up barriers around the pool like alarms or covers
- Tell children to stay clear of any pool drains
- Never leave a child unattended in or near water
- Learn CPR in case of an emergency
- Teach children how to swim and implement safety protocols while in or near water
- Wear lifejackets
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