Water related injuries are at a high occurrence in the country and many
of them take place in or around the pool. This may be through slipping
when a child is running across the deck, drowning by an individual that
is not trained in swimming or through a traumatic brain injury when a
diver hits their head on the side of the pool or enters the water at the
wrong angle. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury
related death in the country. It is important to be proactive and to take
safety precautions that can help avoid the potential for an accident.
The following are some tips to avoid accidents.
Know how to swim: All swimmers that are entering the pool should know how to swim adequately.
If they are unable to swim on their own then a life vest or floaties should
be used and someone should be there to watch them. Even those who can
swim should not be left unattended.
Don't swim alone: Many people drown when they are by themselves. Even a good swimmer can
face a problem that they are unable to get out of alone. By simply having
someone there, they can either call for help or can help in the rescue
process themselves. Many accidents could have easily been avoided had
someone been there to keep an eye out for the swimmer. Even when children
are in the pool it is smart to use the buddy system so that they always
have someone that is supposed to be with them at all times and can recognize
if they have gone under the water.
Don't leave children alone: Even if there are other children present, an adult should be there to
make sure no accidents occur. Sometimes a child can be pushed under water
and if everyone is loud and distracted they may fail to notice a friend
that has gone under. The highest rate of drowning occurs in children between
the ages of one to four and the majority of all drowning cases are amongst
males. Children between the ages of one to four experience the most drowning
accidents in a pool at their home or the home of a friend. Children can
try to do many things that are unsafe so someone should be watching them
to make sure they don't. This can include trying to do backflips into
the water or seeing how long they can hold their breath for.
Don't run: The pool area can become slippery when water from the pool comes up onto
the concrete. It can be easy to lose footing and slip. An individual that
slips may fall backwards and hit their head on the cement or they may
fall into the pool. Slip and falls are a serious concern and can lead
to considerable injuries.
Use a Life jacket: Having a life jacket can be the best decision to make and it has saved
countless lives. For those that are unable to swim alone or those that
experienced a reduced ability to swim for any number of reasons, a life
vest can keep a person afloat so that they are able to get fresh air.
Put up barriers: To add extra protection against accidents, add barriers that can increase
safety. This may be fencing around the pool that keeps out children so
that they cannot enter the area unless supervised by an adult. The pool
area should also be kept free of toys. The presence of these can make
children more likely to go into the pool without someone watching them.
Those with seizures should take precaution: Numerous people suffer with seizures and while they may be able to live
through many aspects of their daily living, swimming is an area that may
need to be adjusted. Many individuals with seizures get little to no warning
when an attack is coming and it might be when they are in the pool. This
is a common issue for drowning and those with this issue should avoid
swimming, swim only with sufficient help and use a life vest.
Educate: Let guests know the importance of safety, especially children. Children
should be taught the risks that can come with swimming so that they have
a better understanding of why they need to be cautious.
Don't drink and swim: Just as it is dangerous to drink and drive, it is also dangerous to drink
and swim. Alcohol can greatly impair a person's abilities that are
crucial for recognizing danger and using their motor skills to act when
in danger. They may become relaxed and lack the ability to get out of
a life threatening situation. Around 70 percent of water recreation deaths
between adults and adolescents involved the use of alcohol. Alcohol was
also present in around 25 percent of visits to the emergency department
Learn CPR: The training of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a very useful thing for
anyone to learn. It may be needed at any time and since emergency responders
may not get their immediately, knowing CPR can help save a life.
Being safe and cautious can help avoid a drowning accident and save lives.
Sometimes a pool accident has occurred due to the negligence of another
person. This may be an issue or premises liability, negligence or other concern.
Contact a San Bernardino injury lawyer from the firm to find out more about if you have a valid case or not.