With summer here and the pandemic seeminly receding, practically everyone is looking forward to spending quality family time with family and friends. This may call for elaborate family vacations or something as simple as barbecues and spending days in the pool.
There’s no doubt you look forward to the cool pool waters as a respite from the hot weather. However, it’s also important to beware of these swimming pool risks and keep yourself safe. In the unfortuante event that you or your loved one has already suffered injuries in a pool accident, you should call our Atlanta personal injury lawyers today.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
You never know when or where pool injuries can occur. They may occur in a public swimming pool, your home kiddie pool, or even in a hot tub. Children are at the highest risk, with the potential of even drowning at home under their parent’s watch.
It’s, however, easier to prevent pool accidents if you know the possible causes, some of which include are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Drain entrapment
- Slips and falls
How to Prevent Swimming Pool Injuries
Now that you know the causes, here’s how you can avoid swimming pool injuries and risks:
Being Careful with Alcohol
Did you know that about 70% of water accidents involve alcohol? So while a bottle of beer is relaxing in the pool, alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and can lead to serious accidents.
Besides, prolonged sun exposure only increases dehydration to enhance alcohol effects. So if you do mix alcohol with swimming, make sure you monitor your consumption and keep hydrated.
Swimming pools should have proper security measures like latched gates or proper fencing. They help prevent kids, and anyone else, from accidentally falling and potentially suffering injuries in the pool.
Following Safety Protocols
There’s no doubt that you look forward to having fun jumping and splashing around in the pool. However, it’s also essential to follow safety protocols and to teach children the dangers of water. And if you want to dive, make sure you first ensure the pool is deep enough for diving before jumping in.
Learning to Swim
There are some adults and children who do not know how to swim. Not knowing how to swim is the most significant risk to anyone in a swimming pool. As a result, all of us should learn how to swim if we plan to be around the water.
It’s also worth taking classes in CPR if you aren’t CPR certified. You never know when your skill will come in handy if someone drowns, takes in too much water, and loses consciousness.
Remember, all it takes is a few minutes of submersion for a kid to drown. If you are supervising children around water, don’t take the risk of running out for a quick errand.
Your Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Pool accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries. A personal injury attorney in Georgia can help you protect your rights and obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.