Falling, electrocution, and drowning are all dangers of having a home pool. What almost never gets mentioned is why these accidents happened in the first place. We too often focus on the cure and avoid thinking about how we can stop these things from happening in the first place.
Read on to find out more about some of the most common causes of accidents in swimming pools.
Whether it’s falling on the side of the pool or crashing into the water and drowning, most of these accidents are caused by simple carelessness. People often fail to understand the dangers pools can present. And if they do understand them they rarely give them the seriousness they deserve.
The best thing people can do is to install safety fences around the side of the pool and make it clear to everyone what’s appropriate and what isn’t. Safety fences, for example, caused drowning rates in California to drop by up to 90 per cent.
Parents can play a major role in ensuring children don’t run around the side of the pool or leave toys lying around.
In the middle of a big pool party, the music is blaring and the barbeque is starting to sizzle. People start bringing their electrical items into the pool area. This could be a stereo or a mobile phone. Electricity and water doesn’t mix. This is why it’s important to set up an exclusion zone around the pool.
It’s dangerous enough attempting to extract things like pool lights without causing electrocution. It gets even worse when other electrical items are brought into the vicinity.
Previous damage to the pool area can lead to further accidents. If you have a tiled poolside area and one of them comes loose, this is already a trip hazard. If the depth changes on the side of the pool have rubbed off over time, younger swimmers might inadvertently travel into a depth they aren’t trained to handle.
It’s important to be vigilant and get apparently minor repairs completed immediately. Nobody should be allowed back in the pool area in the meantime.
Defective equipment can cause the same problems. If your pool ladder is on its last legs, it needs to be replaced or the whole thing could fall off and into the water. You should get into the habit of inspecting your pool at the start and end of the summer.
What Can Happen?
Whilst the chances of permanent injury and death aren’t particularly high, remember you’re responsible for the safety of others. Guests could quite easily lodge a legal case against you if they injure themselves. Although friends are unlikely to try and ruin you, they’ll want some compensation if they have to pay any legal bills.
You need to ensure this has no chance of happening. Everything is within your control. If you’re in any doubt as to the safety of your pool, you need to close the whole thing down. It might be disappointing, but risking injury isn’t worth the hassle.
Today’s guest post is contributed by Charlie Wayne, a landscape architect. He is also an ardent blogger who enjoys sharing his views and ideas through his articles. He suggests his readers to visit PoolCenter.com for some affordable and good quality pool supplies.
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