Few things say summertime fun like a day poolside, soaking up the rays, and enjoying a good splash with your family. Even though the natural dangers of a river, lake, or sea are removed in the controlled environment of a pool, serious hazards still exist, though, that can lead to severe injury or even drownings. In order to keep your outing safe and enjoyable, you need to be aware of swimming pool dangers and how you can prevent them.
In many cases, drownings and serious injuries could have been prevented. Children – especially those between the ages of one and four – are especially at-risk around swimming pools and require constant supervision. If possible, be sure that they are not around swimming pools without barriers, childproof gates, and lifeguards. And be certain that you and your child are confident in their swimming abilities before going into the water at public pools. You should also check the condition of any steps leading out of the pool to ensure they are intact and usable.
Five Tips for Preventing Swimming Pool Injuries
- Buddy up: Whether or not you are at a swimming site with a lifeguard, always use a buddy system – no one goes into the water alone.
- Safety first: Young and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a proper life vest, even if they are in the shallow end. Remember: inflatable toys are not floatation devices.
- Clean and clutter-free: Never leave toys and towels around the pool. Children may want to play with them and fall into the water.
- Don't hold your breath: Children may attempt to see how long they can hold their breath underwater. Although seemingly innocuous, your child may blackout and run a serious risk of drowning.
- No running: A trip or slip on the concrete around the water can cause debilitating breaks, lacerations, or a dangerous tumble into the pool.
While poolside safety should be on the mind of every adult and parent spending a day under the sun and in the water, the ultimate responsibility of everyone's safety falls upon the owner of the pool. If they have not taken the proper steps to keep your child safe, you may have a premises liability case that you can use to seek financial compensation for your child's injury or drowning. If you would like to file a claim with a professional team that has more than two decades of experience, contact a Providence personal injury lawyer from D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC today.