Summer is here, and it’s time to cool down at the pool. However, before you hit the water this summer, it’s important to know what the most common accidents are, and what you can do to avoid them.
Most Common Accidents
- Drowning - Children are at the highest risk when it comes to drowning. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 3,960 drownings happen each year. Most people drown from not knowing how to swim, but pool toy entrapment and hair entanglement can also lead to drowning.
- Diving-related - Diving in shallow water can lead to traumatic brain injuries and severe spinal cord injuries. These types of accidents can also lead to paralysis.
- Slip and falls - Due to slippery surfaces around the pool, running can lead to a slip and fall accident. These accidents can result in severe head and spinal injuries.
- Slide-related - Sometimes, pools can be poorly designed, which leads to slides being at the shallower ends of the pool. This can be especially risky when people slide headfirst.
Tips For The Family
- Look for lifeguards - When swimming in a residential pool, always check to see if they have lifeguards. It’s important to swim under supervision—never let someone swim alone, especially young children.
- Use life jackets - In case you or the person you are with cannot swim, it’s highly recommended to use a lifejacket. Do not rely on pool toys to keep yourself afloat.
- Be attentive - Never leave a child or a weak swimmer unattended in a pool.
Mobile Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
There are precautions you need to take at the pool, especially with children. However, accidents do happen. If you or someone you know has been hurt at a swimming pool due to a property owner's negligence, you may have a claim.Please contact our firm at (251) 299-0101 or visit our website to get started on a free consultation.