Splash In, Atlanta! 3 Tips for Enjoying Public Pools Safely This Summer
Here in Atlanta, we’re lucky to have a range of public indoor and outdoor pools to choose from. In total, we have four indoor pools (aka natatoriums), 12 outdoor pools, and three partner sites in the city. If you have kids, then you know these pools can be lifesaving when it comes to staving off boredom on a hot summer day! Last year, the pools opened June 16 with COVID-19 precautions in place, and as we write this, it’s not clear when the 2021 pool season will start or what the new rules will be. But we’re betting they will reopen soon! You can keep an eye on AtlantaGA.gov and the websites of each natatorium (C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center, M.L. King Aquatic and Recreation Center, Rosel Fann Recreation Center and Natatorium, and Washington Park Natatorium) for updates. In the meantime, consider these three tips to help you enjoy summer swimming safely! 1. DON’T LEAVE YOUR KID(S) UNATTENDED. Even if there’s a lifeguard at the pool, which there should be, it’s best to keep an eye on your child as well. Lifeguards are responsible for watching dozens of children and adults at once and may miss a danger sign that you’ll spot. 2. CONSIDER TAKING CPR CLASSES. You could save someone’s life simply by getting CPR certified and learning how to give
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to someone who’s drowning. The National CPR Foundation offers online CPR/AED certification courses for less than $20, so you can even get certified without leaving home! 3. CHECK THE POOL’S DRAIN COVERS. Ideally, the City of Atlanta should make sure the drains and suction outlets in its pools are covered, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If a seal is loose, broken, or missing, the drain or outlet could entrap a child or even an adult. If you’re swimming with your kid(s), double check the drain covers in the pool or ask a lifeguard or other pool attendant to confirm they’re intact.
Grilled Chicken Shawarma
A spice-filled marinade and time do all the work in this recipe that features Middle Eastern flavors.
2 tbsp ground cumin 2 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground black pepper
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2 tsp allspice • 8 garlic cloves, minced • 6 tbsp olive oil • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp turmeric • 1 tsp ground ginger
Directions 1. To create marinade, whisk all spices with the garlic and olive oil in a medium bowl. 2. Add chicken to the bowl, coat well with marinade, cover, and let sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes — or up to 48 hours. Strain off excess marinade before cooking.
3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill thighs for 10–12 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F. 4. Serve with rice, vegetables, or pita bread with tzatziki.
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