National Safety Month Week 4: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls

Noble McIntyre on June 23, 2011

Two days ago, June 21st, was the first day of summer. With the summer season comes a plethora of fun, outdoor activities, including swimming in an outdoor pool. Earlier this week we blogged about the dangers of portable swimming pools and the serious drowning risks they pose for young children. However, younger children are not the only ones who face injury around a pool setting. Anybody at any age who does not follow the proper safety precautions can turn pooltime fun into a dangerous activity.

This week is the fourth blog in a five blog series highlighting the various themes discussed by the National Safety Council (NSC) in response to National Safety Month. This week’s theme is preventing slips, trips, and falls, and for good reason. According to the NSC, falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for around 8.6 million visits to the emergency room.

Nothing says “slippery when wet” more than an outdoor pool area. A swimming pool is a place for fun, relaxation, and recreation, but it also has in the ingredients for a giant safety hazard. Not only are pool areas sometimes surrounded by hard concrete, but they are also usually adjacent to an outdoor deck, which may become slippery when pool goers tract water on it. There are several safety tips from that you should keep in mind to ensure that pooltime remains fun and enjoyable and does not result in an emergency room visit

  • Make sure walkways and pedestrian areas are free from obstacles and tripping hazards
  • Make sure the pool-side walkways have adequate traction and non-slip surface covering
  • Place handrails in dangerous areas
  • Consider facing or other protective barriers to prevent accidental falls into the pool
  • Place warning signs reminding people of potential hazards
  • Do not allow people to run or play near slippery surfaces

The experienced swimming pool accident attorneys at McIntyre Law would like to wish everyone a happy start to the summer. Enjoy your time at the pool and be safe.

Noble McIntyre

Noble McIntyre is the senior partner and owner of McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on drug litigation and catastrophic injury cases. He is currently representing clients injured by the drugs Paxil, Levaquin and testosterone therapy drugs and by clients affected by oil field injuries. His goal has and continues to be to work diligently on behalf of his clients to achieve the highest and best result for his clients’ injuries while maintaining professionalism and abiding by all ethical standards of his profession. Read more about Noble McIntyre.

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