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.