How Can I Improve Swimming Pool Safety this Summer?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-May-2017

Swimming pool injuries are extremely common during summer months. However, many of these accidents can be avoided if proper precautions are undertaken. For businesses and homeowners hosting guests, it is important to understand that you may be held liable for injuries that occur on your properties. Swimming pool safety should always be a top priority when hosting large groups of people. The following five swimming pool safety tips may help you prevent injuries.

5 Swimming Pool Safety Tips That Can Help You Prevent Injuries

  1. Spell out potential hazards: Diving in shallow water is a common cause of spinal cord injuries. It is important for businesses and homeowners to ensure possible dangers, such as shallow water, are obvious to the average person. For example, pools should have “No Diving” signs and proper lighting to signal these hazards. Guests should be aware of the risks posed by wet and slippery surfaces.
  2. Supervise children: Children are more likely to drown or suffer injuries at swimming pools. Running on wet surfaces, horseplay and certain games are likely to cause injuries. For example, children have drowned during breath holding contests. Parents should supervise children so these types of accidents and injuries do not occur. Never leave children unattended, even for less than two minutes.
  3. Keep electronics away from wet surfaces: Businesses and homeowners should ensure electric devices plugged into outlets are kept more than ten feet away from wet surfaces or swimming pools.
  4. Ensure pools are safe: Poorly maintained pools are dangerous for several reasons. For example, malfunctioning underwater lights can pose an electrical hazard to swimmers. Pools without barriers, such as fences or gates, are a risk to children.
  5. Have appropriate equipment: Pools should have lifesavers and first aid kits. You should also bring a mobile phone in case you need to contact emergency services.

The Washington DC premises liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC wish everyone a safe summer. Diligence and preparation can help reduce the risk of injuries.

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