Swimming pools are fun activities found at hotels, water parks, residences, and community recreational facilities. For most people, a day at the pool is a fun way to spend time with family and friends. However, when pool owners fail to maintain their pools, ladders, and equipment, do not provide lifeguards or supervision, leave a pool area unguarded, and fail to have anti-entrapment devices, tragic drowning and other accidents can occur. But you can take precautions to help keep you and your family safe.
Tips for Reducing Your Family’s Risk of a Pool Accident
While you cannot control what a pool owner does, you can take control of how you and your children act in the pool. Following these safety rules will reduce the risk that one of you will be a pool accident victim:
- Supervise your children around water at all times. Drowning can happen suddenly and without any warning—even if your children are good swimmers.
- Teach your children not to run around a pool and stop them if they break the rule.
- Learn CPR and insist that babysitters and other caregivers learn it too.
- Always keep a cellphone nearby in case you must call 911.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first.
- Do not dive in a pool that is not at least six feet deep and only dive if you know how deep the pool is.
- Do not swim during a thunderstorm or until 30 minutes have passed since the last sighting of lightening or thunder.
- Be certain the pool has basic safety equipment like a pole, rope, and flotation devices, especially if no lifeguard is on duty.
- Remove toys from the water’s edge or pool when not in use to prevent kids from being tempted to enter the pool alone to retrieve them.
Even if you follow these rules, accidents can happen. You need to hold the negligent pool owner responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Call our firm toll free at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can assist you.