Water and Pool Safety

Publication Date: 
Tue, 07/02/2013
By: Alere Staff

Summer brings outdoor water activities that sometimes require extra planning to be safe. It is especially important to plan ahead if you are taking warfarin since warfarin patients are at increased risk for bleeding events.1 If you are planning activities outdoors, make sure you have a first aid kit on hand.

Enjoy the beach and pool more safely this summer with these safety tips:

  • Always make sure you swim with a buddy.
  • Wear water shoes while swimming or walking at the beach or pool. Shells and rocks can be sharp and pool surfaces can be slippery.
  • All boaters and swimmers should use U.S. Coast Guard – approved life jackets.2
  • Limit alcohol when swimming and boating as it may change your ability to see danger and put you at risk of drowning.2
  • Don’t dive headfirst, protect your neck. Check for depth and obstructions before diving and go in feet first the first time.
  • Be careful of rip tides and rip current warnings. Swim near lifeguards.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
  • Use caution even when standing in shallow water in the ocean. Wave action can cause a loss of footing.
  • Make sure rescue equipment, including a telephone, is near the pool and easily accessible at all times.
  • Enter and exit pool using railings.
  • Stay away from drain covers while swimming in a pool.
  • Apply sunscreen often when swimming to protect from sunburn.
  • Use pliers for baiting and unhooking fish.
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available have someone call 911. Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler or inflatable ball.

Follow these safety tips and have fun in the water this summer!

  1. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Medication Guide for Coumadin Tablets and Coumadin for Injection (Package Insert). Princeton, NJ. 2009.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. November 29, 2012. Web. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html. Assessed May 7, 2013.