Experts talk water safety reminders before you head for a summer swim
TOLEDO, OHIO (WNWO)-- Memorial Day is right around the corner, which also means the start of pool season.
On average of 112 Ohioans die every year as a result of drowning.
That's why water safety are reminding adults to kep a close eye on young swimmers.
Symptoms like diarreah or rashes that occur within 24 hours after being in the pool could be a sign of a serious illness.
Also be careful not to swallow water. Though pool chemicals are effective, bacteria can remain in water for hours.
"Any child that has had anything even close to a drowning( they've gone under, they looked like they couldn't catch their breath, they've sputtered) these children should be examined medically, given a once over, maybe even kept for observation if there's any concerns," said Erin Hill pediatric nurse practitioner with Mercy Health.
Lastly, experts say if you do see someone struggling in the water and you aren't a strong swimmer, use a pool noodle or throw a life jacket to avoid drowning yourself.