(RALEIGH COUNTY) In the midst of this weekend’s tragedy, WVVA’s Star Connor caught up with a lifeguard to learn some tips on how you and your family can stay safe at the pool. This past Saturday a four year suffered life threaten injuries after slipping from seven feet up a high dive ladder in the Oceana Pool in Wyoming County.
As a lifeguard for more than two years, Piper Spurlock said pool accidents usually involve a spinal injury and if that occurs there are certain methods you must follow.
“Just get them out and treated as soon as you can,” Spurlock said. Responding quickly is the key to saving someone’s life.”You hold their head into their chin,” she explained while demonstrating. “If they’re under five they should be with a parent while at the pool,” she added.
According to Spurlock there has been an increase in pool activity. She wants to remind families along with other lifeguards to remain aware and alert at all times to make sure everyone is safe while enjoying time in the water.