Swimming pools are incredibly fun and refreshing. They are a fantastic way for friends, neighbors and family members to get together, or simply a great escape from the cares of a hectic workday. But they can also be extremely dangerous places, leading to severe injuries and even deaths. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe when you want to take a dip, whether it’s at your place or someone else’s.
Kids and Swimming Pools
If children are going to be anywhere near a pool, an adult needs to always be close by to provide proper supervision. This is probably the most important rule when it comes to the safety of swimming pools. Adults have to pay full attention when there are kids in or around a pool. That means putting the smartphone or the tablet down, and not taking a nap or reading a book. It may seem incredible, but a small child can drown in as little as an inch of water, so constant vigilance is necessary.
Fencing around swimming pools adds a very important layer of protection as well as security. You should have a fence with four sides that is at least four or five feet high. You should also have a gate that closes and latches on its own. This way you can help prevent a child from entering the area and potentially drowning when there is no one else around.
Set Ground Rules
It’s also critically important that you set rules for how your pool needs to be used, as well as follow all rules for other public or private pools. For example, never allow anyone – no matter what their age – to run on a slippery pool deck. Everyone must walk – not run – no matter how excited they may be.
Following these and other safety tips could help you avoid liability should someone suffer harm when using your pool. If you or someone close to you has been hurt due to the negligence of someone else, get in touch with The Durham Firm. Call (214) 222-4000 or contact us online.