Beating the summer heat by taking a refreshing dip in a cool swimming pool
is a favorite pastime of kids and adults everywhere. Pools can add significant
value to your home, and be a great feature for hosting parties, barbecues,
and even just summer fun days. As the calendar turns to summer again and
schools start letting out, people everywhere are jumping in and making
the most of their pool. However, before you do, it’s important to
recognize the risk that swimming pools can carry and prepare yourself
with a few valuable safety tips.
1. Follow General Pool Safety Etiquette
Regardless of whether you are a pool owner or a guest, there are a few
general rules you should follow or enforce on your property. The easiest
one is “walk around the pool.” A wet pool deck can be extremely
slippery and falling can cause serious injury. Likewise, most pool owners
will have a “no diving in shallow water” rule, as this can
cause serious head injuries while under water, which can in turn cause
a drowning accident. Know the depth of the water through the various locations
of the pool you are in and recognize if and where it is safe to dive into a pool.
2. Use the Buddy System
Whether you own a pool or are a guest at another’s, never swim alone.
Always make sure someone can come to your aid if you become injured or
cramp while in deep water. When you have guests at your pool, make sure
there is always some sort of supervision from a person who is physically
capable of helping anyone who finds themselves in trouble. Most drowning
accidents occur when someone uses a swimming pool alone.
3. Install Proper Safety Equipment
The number one thing a pool owner should have is an appropriate barrier
around the pool area. Young children may not recognize the danger a pool
can present, and this could bring an “attractive nuisance”
lawsuit if you do not have the appropriate barriers installed. A good
barrier should be at least five feet tall with a gate latch up around
the top so it is not easily accessible by young children.
When the pool is in use, make sure you have the proper life saving devices
available. A life preserver and telescoping hook should be installed where
they are easily accessible on a moment’s notice. For young children
or those who are not strong swimmers, approved floatation devices, such
as a properly-fitting life vest should always be used, and make sure these
people stay in shallower waters. Inflatable flotation devices are
not approved and should never be relied upon as lifesaving devices.
4. Know CPR
While CPR is a valuable skill for nearly anybody to learn, anyone who has
a pool on their property should always know and be able to properly perform
CPR on a moment’s notice. CPR can save the life of anyone who has
a drowning accident, and the quicker it is applied, the less likely the
chance of a serious injury or death as a result of drowning. Also be sure
to have a stocked first-aid kit readily available for any other minor
injuries that may result in the pool area. Quick response can keep everyone
healthy, your pool operational, and reduce healing time for the victim.
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith
is an Altoona personal injury law firm focusing on numerous different types
of personal injury law, including many premises liability, attractive
nuisance, and slip and fall cases. Our experienced team of attorneys has
helped numerous clients receive compensation benefits for medical expenses,
bereavement, rehabilitation, disability and more for all kinds of injuries,
including many drowning and pool injury cases in Altoona.
Contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania firm online or by calling (804) 705-4741
today if you have any questions regarding pool safety, or if you or a
loved one has been injured as a result of swimming pool accident.