Keep These First Aid Supplies by Your Pool
Summer swimming season is in full swing. Just like with any sport or recreational activity, you want to think about safety. Injuries happen, and you want to be prepared.
In this article, we have some suggestions for what first aid supplies to keep by your pool. This way you can quickly respond to any emergencies because you have the right supplies on hand.
It is vitally important that you have lifesaving equipment near the pool. You should not locked these items away in a pool house or at the bottom of your deck storage box. The equipment needs to be handy and readily accessible by anyone.
Here are the must-have items:
- Rope float
- Pool safety hook
- Lifesaving ring
Make sure that any children swimming in your pool or playing in your backyard know these are not toys.
While we hope you never have to use them, you do want everyone swimming in your pool to know how to use them safely and quickly.
First Aid Supplies
Cuts happen, and sometimes people fall and scratch their knees, or bang their heads. You want to be prepared with your own custom first aid kit.
Consider having these items on hand and outside whenever anyone is in your pool:
- Gloves to protect yourself and the injured person. Non-latex gloves are recommended.
- Bandages that include small Band Aids as well as larger bandages. You never know how big the wounds will be. Consider having some gauze on hand too to put under bandages for larger wounds.
- Antibacterial wipes so you can sanitize cuts and abrasions. You might also have some hand sanitizer as well to sanitize your hands after taking care of your “patient.” Pool water does contain bacteria, so it’s always important to clean the wound before bandaging it.
- You also need some topical pain reliever as it can be a great relief for minor cuts and scrapes.
- Make sure you have some adhesive tape on hand as well to hold bandages in place. You are in a wet environment so plan accordingly.
- Tweezers are helpful if someone gets a splinter or debris caught in their wound.
- Ice packs are great for swelling. Someone might sprain their ankle, hurt their wrist, or bang their head, and an ice pack is just what you need.
Check your first aid kit every season as some of the items may expire, and you will need to replace them.
Always have first aid and safety supplies on hand at your swimming pool.
You can take care of any minor injuries and issues, but if it’s larger, get prompt medical attention. Make sure everyone knows to call 911 if the emergency is severe.
Finally, this is not a substitute for doctor’s advice. It’s simply tips for what to have on hand at your pool. Please always check with a medical professional when in doubt.