Swimming is a fun summer activity that millions of people will enjoy this
year. Not only is keeping cool with a refreshing dip a great way to spend
an afternoon, but it’s also good exercise and can even help you
keep your energy bills down by allowing you to spend more time outside
during the scorching heat of the day. However, swimming also carries some
risks that parents and kids alike should both be aware of to ensure a
safe and injury-free summer. Here are just a few of them that you should
take care to avoid when swimming this year.
Most everyone recognizes the danger of drowning, and it’s important
to make sure you minimize the risk as much as possible. If you have a
pool on your property, install a fence around it to make sure access is
as limited as possible. If your kids wish to go swimming, never allow
them to swim unattended. Finally, make sure all life-saving equipment
is in good working order and easily accessible should an emergency happen.
One of the lesser-considered injury risks involving swimming pools is one
that rears its head every single day, without fail. Sunburns are a huge
risk for many people during the summer months. Not only are these injuries
extremely painful and even debilitating, but they can even require medical
attention in bad enough cases. Sunburns also lead to a much greater risk
of skin cancer. Always make sure you wear sunblock if you’re going
to be out in the heat and sunlight for a while, and even consider putting
it on if you’re just going to be outside for a few minutes if you’re
one of those who are particularly sensitive.
Pool toys are a great way to add even more fun to your swim session. Basketball
hoops, volleyball nets, inflatable beach balls, floating noodles, and
much more are all favorite pastimes for kids and adults alike. But always
make sure toys you (or your kids) choose are suitable for the pool. Never
use something that was not designed for the pool, and likewise never use
a pool toy as a lifesaving device.
Inflatable pool toys are also particularly risky, as they carry a much
higher risk of malfunctioning or breaking down. Be sure to regularly inspect
any inflatables for punctures, tears, rips, or holes that might cause
them to suddenly and rapidly deflate. When you’re done with an inflatable
toy, be sure to deflate it and store it in a safe place.
If you or a loved one is injured in a drowning accident this summer, you
may be able to recover compensation for the damages you sustain.
Call Dean Law Firm today at (432) 214-8125 to request a case evaluation and let our Midland
personal injury attorneys assist you with your claim.