There’s nothing better than jumping into a pool to cool off during the hot summer months. But unfortunately, many people are injured or killed in swimming pool accidents, especially during this time of year. Protect yourself and your loved ones by following these tips to prevent swimming pool accidents:
Supervise at all times.
If there are children in or around the pool, there should be at least one adult watching them at all times. Adults should stay especially close to children who are not experienced swimmers. It’s recommended that you keep inexperienced swimmers within reaching distance at all times to prevent tragic accidents. Even if the children are completely capable of swimming, they should still be supervised closely.
Mark the depth of the pool.
No one should ever dive into the shallow end of the pool, but kids may forget which side is the shallow end and which is the deep end. If you have a pool in your backyard, make sure that the depths of each side are clearly marked to protect your children and other loved ones. Be sure to teach your kids that they should always look for these signs before diving. If a sign shows that the pool is less than six feet deep, your kids should not dive into it.
Clean up pool toys.
Do you and your family use inflatable rafts and toys when swimming in the pool? Make sure that these toys either stay within the water or are kept far from the edge of the pool. If you leave these toys around the edge of the pool, they could cause someone to slip and fall.
Buy a fence.
Your swimming pool should be enclosed on all sides with a fence that is self-closing and self-locking. The fence should not have openings wide enough for a small child to squeeze through, and should be tall enough to keep children from climbing over it. If you have one of these fences in place, you don’t have to worry about your kids sneaking out to the pool when you’re not around.
Get CPR certified.
If you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool with your family, it’s a good idea to get CPR certified so you’re prepared in the event of an emergency. Research CPR classes in your community so you know how to protect your family.
Even if you closely follow all of these tips, there’s still a chance that you or a loved one could be involved in a swimming pool accident. If the accident occurred on another person’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation with Reisch Law Firm today to discuss your case by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.