Summer weather is quickly approaching, which means more families will be flocking to pools to escape the heat. Before you jump in, however, it’s time to brush up on swimming pool safety. Here are our tips to help your family stay safe this summer and prevent dangerous swimming pool accidents.
Secure Your Pool
If your family has a pool at your home, it’s important to keep it protected all year long. Taking appropriate steps to protect your pool and limit access to it can prevent tragic drowning accidents. Be sure that your pool is completely enclosed by a sturdy fence that is tall enough to prevent children from climbing it. Install self-latching gates at every access point, and be sure to keep them closed. You should also keep patio furniture, planters, and other objects away from the fence to prevent curious children from using them to scale the fence. Putting away pool toys and fully covering the pool can also help remove some of the temptation. When using your pool, be sure to completely remove any covers and pool vacuums before entering.
Supervise Pool Activities
Whether you’re enjoying your own pool or visiting a friend’s or community pool, supervision is critical for swimmers of all ages. When children are swimming, it’s important to have at least one adult who is responsible for supervising the pool, though it is better to have more than one. While supervising swimmers, the designated adults shouldn’t be distracted. If there are small children in the pool, an adult should always be within arm’s reach.
It’s also important to pay attention to what is happening out of the water. Kids may love to run, splash, and wrestle, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe for them to do so. Slipping and falling in a pool area can lead to serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, and broken bones. Diving into the pool can lead to head, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries. Even roughhousing can go wrong, and cause injury or death. Enforce safety rules like No Running, No Diving, and No Roughhousing to prevent injuries.
Assess Swimming Ability
Swimming lessons are important to help build your child’s comfort and confidence in the water, as well as their safety. Enrolling them in swimming lessons is a great way to protect them, teach them water safety, and even can be a great family activity. Until you are completely confident in your child’s swimming ability, however, you should have them wear a life vest while in the pool. This is important for young children and poor swimmers alike, since a life vest can keep them afloat should they need the help.
Keep the Proper Equipment on Hand
If an emergency should happen, every second counts. That’s why it’s critical to prepare for an accident to occur. Take a course in CPR and keep yourself up-to-date. You may also wish to encourage others to learn this life-saving technique. Keep a rescue float or other lifesaving tools within easy reach, so you can react quickly to a distressed swimmer. It also is important to have quick access to a telephone or a charged cellphone, in case you need to call for emergency services. No one ever wants to use these skills or items, but having them ready to go can be the difference between life and death.
At The Gilbert Law Group, P.C., our team strives to be a voice for those who have been injured. We understand how important it is to protect your family, so if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Denver personal injury attorneys. We can help you evaluate your legal options and take action to hold the liable parties accountable.
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