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Top 7 Injury Risks to Avoid at the Swimming Pool

Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and many other age groups are also vulnerable to drowning and pool injuries. As the summer months hit, it may be tempting to splash into the local pool without reviewing the risks – but it’s important to take a minute and teach your children about proper pool safety.

At Dean Law Firm, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue justice if you or a family member suffers from serious injuries at the swimming pool. To help you and your family stay safe this summer, however, we’ve provided a list of the top 7 injury risks to avoid at the pool, as well as a few safety tips for how to avoid them.

Avoiding Injury Risks at Your Local Pool

It should come as no surprise to wary parents that pools pose a drowning risk. However, drowning certainly isn’t the only risk you need to worry about when you visit the local pool or YMCA. From slipping and falling on wet ground to bacterial infections, communal pools come with a lot of inherent risks attached. Even if there’s a lifeguard on duty or a parent to supervise your children, it may not be enough to protect them - or you - from the top risks.

Here are the top 7 pool injury risks to avoid:

  1. Slip and fall injuries. Not every pool accident happens in the water itself: Many of the most severe and life-altering injuries happen when children or adults fail to follow pool safety rules, and run along the edges on slippery tile. No matter how much fun your kids are having, it’s critical to remind them never to run.
  2. Head and neck injuries. Whether you’re diving into the deep-end or splashing in like a cannonball, your head and neck may be overexposed to head and neck injuries at the pool.
  3. Electrocution. It doesn’t happen often, but electrocution injuries still present a serious risk to every person in a pool – especially in this age of increasingly available technology. If there are lots of tech gadgets around the pool area, including speakers and cell phones, make sure that they are kept far away from the water.
  4. e. Coli and other infections. Although chlorine does serve as a disinfectant, it’s rarely enough to prevent the spread of viral disease. Contamination from feces and urine can cause dangerous e. Coli to spread, and there have even been reports of brain- and flesh-eating ameobas in recent years. Because many of these injuries are sustained by swallowing contaminants, remind children to be careful about ingesting pool water.
  5. Broken bones and cuts. Any lifeguard will tell you that people leave behind foreign objects in pools, and these objects can cause major bone fractures and lacerations if encountered upon diving. To avoid serious cuts, make sure to do a quick scan of the pool underwater before diving in.
  6. Drowning. It goes without saying that drowning injuries present some of the most serious risks for swimming pool visitors, particularly those under the age of 5. Even if a child seems ready to take on the water, it’s important to constantly monitor any children, as it only takes 1 minute for them to drown.
  7. Diving board injuries. Doing tricks on the diving board may win you some attention, but it’s also extremely likely to end in a painful injury if you’re hit on the recoil. Anyone without special training should avoid these kinds of feats, and make sure to warn children not to play around diving boards.

Observe Good Pool Safety Habits this Summer

Fortunately, teaching good pool safety habits isn’t too difficult, especially if you keep the 7 most common sources of injury at the top of your mind this summer. The most important key is to never let your children visit the pool alone, or interact with the water unattended by an adult. Even if your local pool has a lifeguard, it’s unlikely that they will be able to give your children the devoted attention that they need.

Here are some other pool safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Outfit children who can’t swim with a certified personal flotation device (PFD), rather than relying on pool noodles and inflatables.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons from an early age: It could save their life one day!
  • Learn how to swim yourself if you don’t know already, so that you can help a child who is struggling.
  • If you have a swimming pool at home, install a fence around it, as well as cameras and locking mechanisms.
  • Confirm that your local pool uses the right levels of cleaning agents, and try to avoid visiting when there are lots of children around, to avoid infection risks.
  • Tell children to avoid pool drains and pipes, as they can get trapped or suffer serious suction injuries.
  • Take shifts monitoring children if there are multiple adults in your party.
  • Never exercise bad behavior yourself: Your kids will see and copy what you do!

Dedicated Legal Professionals for Your Pool Injury Case

Of course, even if you do everything you can to prepare against summer pool hazards, it’s always possible that a negligent property owner or pool owner could leave your child unattended. If your child sustains serious injuries, whether at the water park or the YMCA, you have legal options.

At Dean Law Firm, we can apply decades of experience to your case, and ensure that you get the legal assistance you need after serious pool injuries. Our empathetic team can develop a winning case strategy to seek recovery for your child’s losses at the pool.

Call (432) 214-8125 today for a free consultation!