Pools can be a great place to spend your summer. Many people enjoy sitting by the pool, feeling the sunshine on their skin. They cool off in the pool as needed, but are very content to sit on the sidelines. Others prefer to spend time in the pool. They swim around, jump off of the diving board, play games, and have a good time splashing around.
As fun as pools are, there are hidden dangers to swimming pools. Though many people immediately think about drownings, the truth is many people slip and fall around pools and suffer severe consequences.
Though the establishment where you go swimming should keep it as safe as possible, it is still up to you to keep you and your family safe around the pool. Here are some essential pool safety tips to help stay safe this summer.
Pool Safety Tips So You Don’t Slip and Fall
Teach your children to stay away from the pool unless you are with them.
Most pools should have a fence around them so wondering children can’t fall in. They also should have a self-closing, self-latching gate, so even the most curious children can’t get inside.
Either way, you need to make sure your children stay away from all forms of water unless an adult is with them.
Make sure you and your children know how to swim.
If you and your children don’t know how to swim, you need to learn how to before you spend a lot of time at the pool. If you don’t have someone to teach you, there are many classes available so you and your children can learn how to swim.
These classes are also great because they teach you and your children the essential pool safety tips and how to handle yourself around a pool, leading to fewer accidents in and around the pool.
If your children aren’t good swimmers, make sure they have an appropriate personal floatation device (PFD).
Noodles and inner tubes aren’t enough to keep your children safe. Children can lose their grip and fall under the water while using these. Personal floatation devices are much safer for younger children who are not yet adept at swimming.
Unfortunately, it can take a few minutes for help to arrive at the scene of an accident. So, if you can perform CPR, you might be able to save someone’s life.
Classes are often available through hospitals and community centers. You can also contact the American Red Cross. Once you are certified, you need to keep it current, so you can remember what to do in the event of an accident.
Always watch children and never leave them unattended.
Children should never be left alone around a pool, no matter how old they are. Even teenagers can slip and hurt themselves on the side or in the water.
Even more important, your eyes need to be on the children while you are watching them.
Many parents enjoy sitting by the pool, reading, and relaxing. However, when you are watching children, you can’t do that. Your eyes have to be on them at all times! Even if you take your eyes off of them for one minute, it can have some severe consequences.
A lifeguard is not enough.
Most parents feel like they can relax a little bit when a lifeguard is present. However, lifeguards are usually overwhelmed. There is often one lifeguard to a pool full of children and adults. They also can’t see everyone, so you still need to watch your children carefully.
Be careful when diving.
You should never dive in pools that are above ground because they are too shallow. You should only dive off of the diving board with in-ground pools because you could hit your head on the side. All other jumps should be feet first.
Don’t play games outside of the pool.
Most slip-and-fall accidents happen when children run and play outside of the pool, where it can be quite slippery. Children always need to walk around the pool, so they don’t slip and fall into the pool. Make sure your children know this rule. If not, don’t let them anywhere near the water!
Keep a phone handy, in case of an emergency.
You should always keep your phone close to the pool so you can call for help in an emergency. If you are staying at a hotel, ask them if they have one in the pool area for this reason.
If a child goes missing, check the pool first.
It only takes seconds for a child to go missing, and if he or she fell in the pool, the time spent looking for him or her could mean the difference between being okay and dead. Always look in the pool before you start running around everywhere else.
Avoid alcohol and drugs around pools.
Many people love to relax around the pool with a drink in their hand. However, that can be a big mistake (and a reason why many pools don’t allow it around them).
If you overdo it, you are more likely to slip and fall. Your reaction time will also be off, which could make your injury even more severe.
Stay Safe Around Pools This Summer
If you or anyone you know are going anywhere near a pool, it is crucial that everyone knows how to swim. Not only will classes help you improve your skills, but they also teach you the proper way to handle yourself outside of the pool.
Then, make sure someone is watching the children carefully. You can’t read a book on pool safety tips and know exactly what they are doing. All it takes is a minute for something terrible to happen. You should also remember that it isn’t enough to have a lifeguard. He or she has to watch an entire pool of people so, to be on the safe side, you need to watch your children as closely as possible.
Even if you are careful, slips and falls do happen. If you (or a loved one) are injured in an accident around a pool, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our personal injury attorney will be glad to talk to you about what happened to see if you have a case. If you do, we will help you through this whole process.
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