It’s summer time, and that means the temperatures are climbing and
before long you’ll be looking for ways to beat the heat. While air
conditioning is one thing, nothing beats a dip in your local pool when
it comes to having fun while staying refreshed. However, before you and
your loved ones dive in this summer, it’s important to take a few
extra minutes to learn more about the risks swimming pools can carry so
that you’re aware and take extra steps to avoid them and stay safe.
Hazardous Pool Conditions
If you’re heading to a public pool, such as one located in your neighborhood
or at a community park, you may not be headed to as family-friendly or
safe of a facility as you might think. The CDC conducted a survey of more
than 50,000 swimming pool facilities and found that 80 percent of them
were out of compliance with at least one crucial health or safety regulation.
Perhaps even more shocking, one out of every eight facilities inspected
had to be closed temporarily because of the results of that study.
There are lots of different ways a pool can potentially cause an injury.
Things that can contribute to drowning are the most obvious and plentiful
hazards. Safety equipment such as life preservers or lifejackets need
to be in good working order, free from damage, and easily accessible at
a moment’s notice. Many of these facilities had outdated lifesaving devices.
Some pools fail to indicate the pool depth at certain points, and that’s
potentially serious for any guests or visitors who wish to dive in. Diving
into the shallow end can result in serious injuries to the head and neck,
possibly resulting in serious spinal cord problems, or even knocking the
victim unconscious. This is a particularly large issue with home pools,
where indicating depth isn’t always required.
Finally, there’s the issue of the pool itself. A surprising number
of pools still don’t have approved covers over their filters and
drains. A pool filter or drain can suck in hair and clothing, trapping
someone underwater. If you have a pool, make sure your drains have approved
covers affixed to them.
Then there’s the issue of the water that’s in the pool. Despite
the fact that water should be treated with chemicals that are designed
to disinfect the water and make it safe for swimming, a surprising number
of pools have inadequate chlorine levels and don’t test often enough.
These pools can carry germs, viruses, and bacteria, all of which could
cause you to become seriously sick.
If you or a loved one is injured or becomes ill because of a swimming pool
this summer, let a Bowling Green injury attorney help you hold the pool
Call the Law Office of Pamela C. Bratcher today at 270-977-8910 for a case evaluation.