Memphis, city, seat (1819) of Shelby County, far southwestern Tennessee, U.S. It lies on the Chickasaw Bluffs above the Mississippi River, where the boundaries of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee meet. Memphis is Tennessee’s most populous city and the second largest metropolitan area in the center of the state. Apart from West Memphis, Arkansas, the major suburbs of Memphis include Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington in Tennessee and Horn Lake, Olive Branch, and Southaven in Mississippi.
In the summertime in Memphis, swimming is a sport for girls. But they’re not always under your watchful eye. Kids may also discover other bodies of water, such as an apartment building pool, a stream, or a lake where they may be at risk of drowning.
Whether it’s a corner pool, lake, ocean, or your own backyard, outdoor swimming is truly one of America’s great history. But he’s also one full of inherent threats and hazards. And yet with a few simple – yet essential – safety precautions, you can help ensure that the time your family spends in the water this season is filled with nothing but fun.
Here are some swimming pool safety tips:
- Stop multitasking or doing something that takes your focus away from your children, even for a minute, when they’re in or around the water.
- Even if your older kids are great swimmers, make sure they swim with a friend or watch a responsible adult.
- From a young age, teach your child how to act in the water: never run around or force anyone around the pool, leave the water at the first sign of thunder or lightning, and speak to a lifeguard or other adult in the event of an emergency.
- Understand that someone who’s drowning or in distress in the water seldom looks like a movie. Drowning is always silent, so don’t presume that they don’t need support because their arms are not flirting.
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs that could make you dizzy or lethargic.
- If you have a pool, protect it with a minimum 4-feet fence that has a self-closing and self-closing gate that children cannot easily open.
Invest In A Good Pair Of Goggles
Have you ever felt a burning, stinging sensation when you opened your eyes in the underwater pool? This string is not the chlorine itself but a compound called chloramine. Chloramine is created when the chlorine in the pool reacts with dirt, urine, and oils that are washed into the water when people swim in it.
That may sound pretty disgusting, but chlorine is what kills dangerous bacteria and makes swimming healthy. Chloramine only causes slight, temporary discomfort in most people’s eyes, but you can prevent stinging (and protect yourself from eye injuries) by wearing goggles.
Make sure you choose the goggles that match well so that they can form a strong seal over your eyes. If you wear glasses or goggles, you can even get a prescription goggle so that you can really enjoy the underwater sights.
Skip The Contact Lenses When You’re Swimming
Why do you have prescription goggles when you could only wear non-prescription goggles over your contact lenses? It may seem like a rational solution, but it comes with risks. There are a lot of dangerous microorganisms that love swimming as much as we do. Chlorine kills most of them, but not all of them, and we don’t want those little critters anywhere near our skin.
There’s not much to think about when we swim without contact lenses, but when we wear them, they can serve as petri dishes, trapping microorganisms like acanthamoeba against our corneas and giving them the ideal soft, wet room to multiply. These germs can cause dangerous infections, even permanent blindness, and live in even the cleanest bodies of freshwater.
Another risk with contact lenses is that they are actually not built for underwater wear. They may fall out and get lost, and soft contact lenses may shrink when exposed to water, which causes them to tighten around the cornea, causing discomfort. It’s easier to leave your contact lenses at home and trade between glasses and goggles when you go to the pool.
Need a pool to cool off in while in Memphis, Tennessee? Check out these amazing pools our city is blessed to offer:
- Bickford Aquatic Facility
- Gooch Park Swimming Pool
- Hickory Hill Aquatic Center
- Ed Rice Community Center Outdoor Pool
- Kroc Center Memphis
- Grove Park Swimming Pool
- Devonshire Gardens Community Pool
These amazing public swimming pools are located just down the street from our location at Summer Avenue between Estridge Drive and Eastern Drive.