Eskenazi Health and Indianapolis EMS Advises Caution While Swimming in Pools/Lakes

As summer temperatures rise, more people are looking for relief from the heat by spending time in the water.

While most community pools have trained individuals on hand to maintain and promote safety, many people are unaware of proper precautions to take.

Regardless of where you are planning to spend time in a pool this summer, everyone should be aware of the harm that pools may bring. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports between 6,700 non-fatal pool-related injuries each year between 2017 and 2019.

It is important to read all safety protocols beforehand:

  • Never leave children unattended in swimming areas.
  • Even though public pools are usually outdoors, adhere to social distancing guidelines of keeping at least six feet of distance between non-family members.
  • Do not share goggles, swim caps, snorkels and other swimming equipment.
  • Ensure all pools have compliant drain covers.
  • Install proper barriers and covers around your own pool.

Also, keep in mind that while many community pools are open, the COVID-19 pandemic is on-going and should be taken seriously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through community pools, but CDC encourages everyone to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks in all public areas, as required by the Marion County mandate.

CONTACT: Tom Surber/ Brianna Powell
Phone: 317.880.4793
Cell: 317.402.9327

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