Pool Safety – It’s Important
A swimming pool can be a wonderful recreation addition for family fun and entertaining. But pool ownership requires responsibilities to avoid disastrous consequences. Pool owners can be held liable when swimming pool injuries occur. Public pools and water recreation areas should be adequately staffed with qualified lifeguards and have posted warnings and pool rules.
According to the CDC estimates, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in children and ranks 7th in unintentional deaths for all ages.
Pool Sanitation for Pool Safety:
Your pool and/or spa are sources of Recreational water illnesses (RWIs), which typically affect a person’s stomach and intestines, skin, or respiratory system. Therefore, it is very important that the pool water be tested regularly to ensure the recommended amount of chemicals is being used to sanitize the water. High levels of chemicals can irritate the skin, eyes and throat while the opposite can encourage the growth of bacteria. Pool chemicals can be toxic if ingested, so storing these in a well ventilated area is crucial. They should be accessible only to those responsible for handling them.
Slippery Deck Surfaces:
Since pool decks are typically wet, running and horseplay should not be allowed at the pool area or on the diving board.
Defective Pool Equipment/Accessories:
Pool drain covers should be in good condition to eliminate the chance of suction entrapment. This happens when the swimmer gets close to the drain and becomes trapped by the force of the pump suction. This can lead to serious injury or even death from drowning. Pool ladders should be securely fastened to the side of the pool to keep swimmers from falling. Steps leading to the pool area should have a non-slippery surface.
Unsupervised children are especially at risk of accidental death from drowning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates 70 % of victims involved in swimming pool related accidental injuries and deaths were children under age five. In Florida, the leading cause of death to young children is swimming pool accidents. The use of safety pool covers, fencing or barriers that are at least 4′ high with gate latching mechanisms, as well as pool alarms are effective in keeping kids from accidentally falling into the pool. An adult who can swim and who knows CPR is the best option for supervising children in a pool.