Summer is a great time to take a dip in the pool, but it also means an increased risk of accidents. Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents not only end up being fatal sometimes, but even minor accidents can result in serious injuries. Any accident can end up costing you money, especially if it happens to someone visiting your home. Here are some ways you can protect yourself by preventing swimming pool accidents this summer.
Make Sure Children are Never Unattended
Even if the next door neighbor’s elementary school aged children are training to become Olympic swimmers, it’s important that you never allow swimming without an adult. Further, the adult that monitors the children should be a good swimmer. Whether it pertains to your children or someone else’s, it’s a good rule of thumb to require adult supervision at all times.
Double Check All Equipment
Before anyone swims, it’s a good idea to double check every piece of equipment to ensure that everything is working as it should. This includes not only the pool itself, but also ladders, slides, lights, filters, and any other pieces of equipment that could cause an accident.
Cover Pools When Not in Use
To make sure everyone is safe, even small children who might wander near the pool area, cover the pool when it isn’t being used. Safety pools are available that can keep children and animals from falling into the pool when no one else is around. You might also consider barriers and swimming pool fencing to keep children from entering the area when you aren’t around. Do not make the mistake of leaving your pool open for anyone to fall into.
It’s a good idea to learn CPR in case you ever need to use it. Although no one wants to think they’d be in this situation, the truth is you never know when it might be up to you to save someone’s life. If you don’t already know CPR, it’s a good time to take a class and learn.
Have Safety Devices on Hand
Although you might think you won’t need life vests in your own pool, they could make a difference in saving someone’s life. Also, make sure you have real life vests on hand and not just floaty toys or devices designed for playing. You have a better chance of helping someone with a life vest than with a blow-up beach ball.
Contact Our Attorneys
The person the swimming pool belongs to is usually responsible for any injuries that happen. This means the property owner has a duty to do anything possible to decrease the chances of someone being hurt while on their property. If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Jones Hacker Murphy can help you get justice. To request a free and confidential consultation, call us at (518) 380-2597 or fill out our online contact form.