During the hot months of summer, millions of Americans flock to private
and public swimming pools to cool off, enjoy the warm weather, and have
fun. However, each type of swimming pool is associated with its own dangers
that you need to know.
Private Swimming Pools
While a swimming pool is a great addition to any home, it can also be hazardous—especially
for young children. Unfortunately, unsupervised children are typically
victims of drowning and swimming pool accidents. It only takes a few seconds
or minutes for a child to wander away and fall into a swimming pool. Not
only can drowning occur quickly, but it can also happen quietly without
a chance to yell or motion for help.
If you own a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers such as a high fence
with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Always supervise children at
all times and stay within an arm’s reach. Ensure that everyone in
your household, as well as guests, know how to swim. Have safety equipment
nearby. Keep your pool water clean and clear.
Public Swimming Pools
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study of
more than 50,000 public swimming pools in the United States, almost four
out of five public pools were not in compliance with at least one health
or safety regulation. Additionally, one out of every eight inspections
resulted in the closure of that specific facility.
Public swimming pools typically experience overcrowding, dirty water, faulty
pool drain covers, and damaged equipment. If you decide to spend the day
at a public pool, ensure that it is supervised by lifeguards and check
for safety equipment. If you are curious about the condition of the pool
water, use testing strips to determine chlorine levels.
If you suffered an injury in a swimming pool accident in Florida,
contact our Dunedin personal injury attorney at
Paulsen Law Group today.