Temperatures just hit 115 degrees in places across the country, and extreme heat alerts have been issued in more than half of the US states. With little respite in sight, many people have only one thing on their minds this summer: swimming. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), swimming is the fifth most popular activity in the country. But there are a number of safety issues that can arise with a dip in the water, even if you’re just trying to cool off. Now police have issued a new swimming warning that everyone should heed. Read on to find out what authorities say is “extremely dangerous” to swim without.
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Whether you’re in a pool or at the beach, there can be dangers wherever you swim, which is why authorities are always working to warn swimmers of safety concerns.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing a recent outbreak of bacteria at a community pool in Pennsylvania, warning people of the risks of swimming in pools with little or no chlorine. Then last month, health experts alerted Americans to an increase in sightings of the dangerous bacteria. Vibrio vulnificus on the country’s beaches this summer.
Now the police have an urgent new warning you’ll want to heed.
Springfield, Massachusetts officials warn residents do not swim in illegal areas, local ABC and Fox affiliate WGGB reported on July 20. they seek to catch you in the act of trespassing – they are actually trying to protect you.
ryan walsh, a Springfield police spokesperson, told WGGB that swimming in areas without lifeguards can put people at risk, especially when the area is already closed to the public. “Going to any swimming hole where there is no lifeguard on duty is extremely dangerous,” he said. “It may be more superficial than someone realizes. It may be deeper than someone realizes.”
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The danger of swimming without a lifeguard is particularly pressing this year. There is currently a shortage of lifeguards in the country, according to the American Lifeguard Association. “It’s the worst we’ve ever seen” Bernard J. Fisher IIdirector of health and safety at the American Lifeguard Association, said The New York Timesadding that about a third of the country’s beaches and swimming pools are affected by the shortage.
According to the newspaper, several factors contribute to the absence of lifeguards this summer. A lack of training for new and old lifeguards was the result of restrictions and suspensions during the COVID pandemic, and some lifeguards left the industry for retail or service jobs when pools were closed. , then decided not to return in favor of a higher salary. “If we don’t keep training new lifeguards all summer, it’s going to be a long time before we get out of this,” Fisher warned.
A number of cities across the United States have responded to lifeguard shortages by pool closures and beach restrictions, according to the Associated Press. But it has already ended in tragedy. Just before July 4, a 12-year-old child from Washington, DC, died by drowning during a family vacation in Virginia Beach where no lifeguard was present. And last month there is also had several drownings on the Jersey Shore and in Lake Michigan at times when lifeguards were not present.
It’s not just a few cases here and there either. Without rescuers, “drownings will climb“, Fisher recently told the Los Angeles Times. According to the US Lifesaving Association (USLA), it is estimated that the risk of people drown fatally when lifeguards are present is only 1 in 18 million.
Along with police in Springfield, Massachusetts, many are concerned that the current shortage will continue to have negative safety implications as pools and beaches are closed to the public as temperatures rise. “It’s hard to watch” Aaron Levinan aquatic supervisor in Austin, Texas, said The New York Times. “It’s 100 degrees in Texas. If they don’t go to their neighborhood lifeguard pool, they’ll find a body of water somewhere.”