When the temperatures rise, we all head to the pool to cool off. But with summer fun comes dangers and risks that we need to look out for.
If your family is going to be outside all day, remember to stay hydrated and aware of the heat. Protect yourself from the sun by reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours. If pool time is your way of beating the heat, keep a close eye on everyone in the pool and always have an adult present.
Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from drowning. Prevention is the best way to save lives, but when an accident occurs it’s important to know CPR. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.
If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute.
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 operator tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency and for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
The arrival of summer means more time engaging in outdoor activities in the sun. Knowing two steps can help save a life in case of an emergency. To learn more about CPR please visit cpr.heart.org.