Preventing Common Pool Injuries

by Pool Builders on 05-04-2010 in Articles

Summer is fast approaching once again, and with it, the promise of the long, warm days that make being outside so pleasant. One of the most popular ways to spend an afternoon or a weekend during the warm summer months is going to the pool. Refreshing and fun, it's no wonder there are 10 million private pools in America, and nearly 400,000 public pools open year-round. However, pools can potentially be dangerous if proper care is not taken around them. If you or someone you love is planning on going swimming this summer, it can really pay to familiarize yourself with a few simple safety tips.

Safety Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 people drown every year. Even worse, most children who drown do so in private pools where there is a lack of close supervision. Drowning is one of the most preventable deaths possible, and these grim numbers highlight how important it is to be familiar with swimming safety. The following safety tips can ensure that you have a summer that is fun as well as safe:

· Know how to swim. It may sound painfully obvious, but the best way to prevent accidental drowning is to be a strong swimmer. If you have children, make sure that they know how to swim before letting them get in the pool.

· If you own a pool and there is a chance that small children may have access to it, make sure there are reasonable barriers preventing them from falling in. Studies indicate that proper barriers can drastically reduce the incidence rate of drowning.

· Do not assume that swimming lessons and floatation devices will prevent a child from drowning. Always supervise children.

· Always remove toys from the pool when the pool is not in use. Keeping toys floating in the pool can serve as a temptation to young children.

· Learn CPR. Properly employed, CPR can prevent an injury from turning tragic.

· If you are near a pool and a child goes missing, always check the pool first. This can save valuable seconds from your hunt, which can be vital if the child is indeed in the pool.

Following these simple rules can help you protect yourself and your family, ensuring your summer is fun and safe.

If your child has been injured or worse in a pool-related accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may have the right to sue for damages. To learn more about your rights, please visit the website of the Racine personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.

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