Swim Safely this Summer!

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As the weather gets warmer, more and more residents and their families will be heading out to enjoy time together at our community pools. In order to get the most out of our pools this season, keep swim safety a priority!

Drowning is he second most common cause of death from injuries in kids under age 14.  Drownings can happen in less than two minutes after a person’s head goes under water.  Many times, a person is injured while out of the water by falling on a slippery deck or jumping into a portion of the pool that is too shallow.  All of these injuries can be prevented by carefully following pool safety rules.  Ridgeview Ranch pool rules are posted at each pool.  You can review them before heading to the pool by clicking on the following link.

Ridgeview Ranch Pool Rules 

The American Red Cross has published a list of safety tips to be aware of before you head out to the pools that includes the following items:

  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Maintain constant supervision.
    • Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
    • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.  Don’t read a book or answer the phone.
    • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safetywater safetyfirst aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.  Re-apply often.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

It is also important to take health safety precautions to avoid spreading germs and disease while swimming this summer.

  • Do not swim when sick or have diarrhea.
  • Try not to get water in your mouth.
  • Make sure everyone is clean before swimming. Shower with soap. Wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.
  • Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area – not pool side.
  • Use leak-proof swim pants or special swim diapers for children who are not potty trained and change them often.
  • If someone has an accident in the pool (vomiting, or fecal contamination), get out of the pool and report the incident to it the management company or pool maintenance company immediately by calling the phone numbers posted inside the amenity center and in the bathrooms.

Keeping these important safety tips in mind will help make summer more enjoyable for you, your family and all of your Ridgeview Ranch neighbors.  Have a safe and swimtastic summer!