Noble McIntyre on May 27, 2015
Summer is practically here, and for lots of us, swimming in community or backyard pools is a favorite pastime. But, sadly, tragedies do happen – too often. Whether you have a pool in your yard and you’re mindful about your premises liability with respect to your pool, or if you just want to ensure safe swimming for your family, there are some guidelines you can follow so that everyone has a safe and fun summer.
First, it’s important to be sure that the pool in which you’re swimming is well-maintained. Pool drain covers have gotten a lot of scrutiny in recent years because of growing numbers of entrapments that cause drowning. Second, if you own a pool, be sure that you are following the state and local guidelines for appropriate fencing around the pool area. Unfortunately, many drownings involve children who wander into pool areas unsupervised; these are wholly preventable with the appropriate fences and locks.
Pool Safely is a great resource for making sure that you are following best practices for safe swimming and pool maintenance. Here are just a few of the highlighted recommendations for keeping your family safe:
You might think of that inflatable or portable pool as a “kiddie” pool, but it’s no less dangerous than the Olympic-sized pool at your town or city park. In fact, it could be even more hazardous if not guarded as carefully. Follow these tips for safe storage and use of portable pools:
Above all, remember that alcohol and swimming don’t mix! Never drink and then swim. 25% to 50% of teen and adult drowning fatalities involve alcohol.
If you do find that a friend or family member has been injured in a swimming accident, we can help. Sadly, swimming pool accidents are something we hear about all too often. Contact us today for more information.
However, if you follow these tips, and use good, old-fashioned common sense, we hope that you will have a safe and fun summer. Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to refresh and relax on a hot summer day, so have fun with it – but be safe!