According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 people die from unintentionally drowning every day in the United States. Of those 10, about two are children under the age of 14 years old. For every child that becomes a victim of drowning, about five other children are rushed to the emergency room for non-fatal submersion injuries.
In other words, there are way too many lives being lost due to pool-related accidents, which is why keeping these preventative measures in mind is super important to make the most out of your pool time. Even if you think you already know how to avoid pool-related accidents, a refresher never hurts—especially considering accidents are, well, accidental and unplanned. In order to lessen the likelihood of that happening, Real Simple consulted experts, including Goldfish Swim School co-founder Jenny McCuiston, for some guidelines you should follow for safer swimming.
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