Lifeguards Warn to Stay Safe in the Heat at the Pool

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

TIMBERVILLE, Va. -- Plenty of folks are taking advantage of the pool on hot days this week, but it's important to stay safe while you visit the pool this summer.

On a summer day, Ryan Anderson doesn't always go to the pool, but when he woke up Tuesday morning, he says it was too hot not to go.

Even at the pool, swimmers can still get overheated. Lifeguards know to look out for those signs.

"We look for redness in the face or on the head, especially if you're bald or an elderly person," said Nadia Armentrout, a Timberville lifeguard. "We look for signs of unawareness and not really being attentive."

The lifeguards are the ones sitting in the sun, so they need to be careful too.

"Usually you start to feel the effects at the 30 minute mark. You get really hot and you can start to feel it," said Armentrout.

Armentrout says they do 20 minute rotations, so it's not usually a problem. They're also encouraged to jump in the water to cool off.

When she's off the stand, the club house can still be hot, so she gives her coworkers advice to keep cool.

"When we're on our breaks in the office, make sure you go by the fans and the AC and cool down," said Armentrout.

Despite the heat, Anderson says he gets to do his favorite things.

"Swimming and doing flips off the diving board and getting ice cream after we're done," he said. "We'll be here all day, until it cools down."

If you're not at the pool, wear light colors and light materials, and stay in the shade as much as possible. Plus, you should always stay hydrated.


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