If you have a pool in your backyard or neighborhood, it’s likely going to see a lot of use over the next several months. Summer is here and for kids that means no school and warm temperatures, a perfect combination to jump into the cool, refreshing water. Swimming pools may be fun, but they are inherently dangerous by nature, so parents and pool owners need to be vigilant and utilize the best possible safety practices to prevent a potentially terrible accident. Here are several pool safety tips everyone should use around a swimming pool.
Never Leave Children Unattended
If you have a pool at your home or on your property, the temptation to step away for just a brief moment or two may seem strong. What’s the worst that could happen when you run back inside for just a moment? Well, unfortunately a lot can happen, including a tragic drowning accident. Young children and those who are not strong swimmers in particular frequently run into trouble when adults are not around to help them, so make sure someone is supervising the pool at all times.
Walk Around the Pool Deck
A wet pool deck is a slippery pool deck. A slippery pool deck can cause someone to fall and injure themselves, particularly their head. Perhaps worse, they can cause someone to slip, injure themselves, and then fall into the water. Inform all visitors of this rule and then enforce it heavily: do not run around the pool.
Never Dive in Shallow Water
Be sure everyone knows what end of the pool is shallow enough to stand in and which end is deep enough to dive into. Never allow anyone to dive into shallow water, as this could result in head or neck injuries and even drowning accidents.
Swimming Lessons are Important
Water safety is something that should be emphasized from a very young age, and one of the best ways to do this is to enroll your child in a swim class with a certified instructor. These are frequently offered at public pools or even some private clubs for a nominal fee. The skills and knowledge your child will obtain can last a lifetime and even save their life or the life of someone else.
Stay Away from Drains
Drains pull water out of the pool to filter it and then re-inject it again. Because they function like a vacuum cleaner, they can pull in light-weight objects and trap them. One of the worst offenders is long hair. Make sure you teach your children to stay well clear of pool drains to avoid getting their hair caught, potentially trapping them underwater.
In addition to teaching children to stay away from drains, it’s also important to make sure all drains are properly covered to minimize the risk of becoming trapped underwater. If your drains are uncovered or have an open cover on them, replace it with a solid cover that still allows water to pass through but makes it much more difficult to become trapped.
Install & Use Safety Barriers
If you have a swimming pool on your property, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s not easily accessible by young children. This means installing a secure fence or barrier that children cannot easily open or climb over. It’s also a good idea to install an alarm on the gate to this barrier to alert you if someone opens the gate without your knowledge.
If you have a pool on your property or just enjoy taking your kids to a public pool, it’s important to know how to save a life if something unexpected and tragic were to happen. Getting trained and certified in CPR usually only takes about a day, doesn’t cost a lot, and teaches you how to respond in the event of a drowning injury, including administering potentially life-saving CPR treatment.
Keep Proper, Working Safety Equipment
You should always have a life preserver and extension hook readily available for use in the event of an emergency. If you don’t, it’s strongly advised that you make the investment in these objects before using the pool or hosting your first guests. Make sure they are kept in an easily-accessible place in the pool area and that they are not used for anything other than their intended purpose.
If you or a loved one suffers a drowning injury this summer, a Martin County injury attorney can help you review your legal options. With over 70 years of combined experience, Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates has the skill you need to obtain the compensation you are entitled to after a tragic drowning accident. We review all evidence in your case and fight tirelessly to protect your rights.Speak with a member of our team today! Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates at 866-675-4427 to request a case evaluation.