Pool Dangers

by Pool Builders on 10-07-2009 in Articles

There's nothing quite like going for a swim on a hot summer day. Public pools are great recreational areas where families, friends, and individuals can cool off and get some exercise. However, these areas can be quite dangerous if the proper safety measures are not in place. Lifeguards should be present, rules should be posted and put into effect, and the area should be well-designed and well-maintained.

Drowning

Every year, thousands of people die in unintentional drowning accidents. Many times, outside forces play a role in these tragic incidents. Because of this, even the most experienced swimmers may be at risk of drowning, if the following risk factors are involved:

  • Reckless behavior
  • Alcohol use
  • Lack of barriers between the deep and shallow ends of the pool
  • Lack of supervision
  • Pre-existing medical condition, such as seizures

Overall, males are more likely to drown than females - not for lack of swimming experience, but rather due to their tendencies to behave more recklessly than the ladies.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Pool sides are prime locations for dangerous slip and fall accidents. Naturally, these areas are often covered in water that has been splashed there by pool users. If poor drainage is in place, if slick surfaces are used, or if rules regarding safe pool side behavior are not established and enforced, then swimmers and bystanders alike are at risk of suffering from slip and fall accidents.

Slip and fall incidents can be particularly dangerous because not only can a victim fall and suffer an impact injury, but he or she can also fall into the water and either drown or land on another unsuspecting swimmer. Because of this, pool owners must take all the steps necessary to best prevent slipping accidents from occurring.

Pool Drain Dangers

Though you may not realize it, poorly covered pool drains may pose a significant threat to unsuspecting swimmers. These necessary features use a tremendous amount of force to suck water through them for recirculation purposes. If they are not shielded by federally-mandated and approved coverings, then they could cause very serious injuries, including:

  • Hair entrapment (drowning injuries)
  • Body entrapment (drowning injuries)
  • Evisceration/disembowelment

Young children, in particular, are most at risk of suffering a devastating pool drain injury. They lack the strength to pull themselves away, should they become sucked against a powerful drain.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pool accident caused by another party's negligence, then you may have the right to recover damages. The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of Palmer & Associates, P.C. have the experience necessary to provide you with sound legal advice. To learn more, please visit http://www.wpalmerandassociates.com/ today.

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