When the summer season arrives, millions of people flock to private and public
swimming pools throughout the United States. Since swimming is a great recreational activity
that is enjoyed by people of all ages, it is important to know how to
be safe while you’re in the water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning
is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children
ages one through 14 years old. Furthermore, it is the fifth leading cause
of death for people of all ages.
Here are several swimming safety tips you need to be aware of before you
go to a pool:
Keep children under constant, active supervision. Stay within arm’s reach of young children at all times. Designate
a responsible individual to watch the pool when people are in it.
If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, secure your pool with adequate barriers. Surround your pool entirely with a four-foot high fence or barrier with
self-closing, self-latching gate. For added safety, Place a cover over
the pool when it is not in use.
Ensure that everyone knows how to swim well. If your children cannot swim very well, enroll them in age-appropriate
orientation and swimming courses.
Ensure that everyone understands how to respond to aquatic emergencies. If you do not know what to do in the event of an emergency, enroll in
water safety and first aid courses.
Keep your pool clean. Maintain proper chemical levels, filtration, and circulation. Routine
testing of chemical levels reduces the risk of rashes, earaches, and other
Have the appropriate equipment with you at all times. This includes cellphones, life jackets, and a first aid kit.
If you suffered an injury in a swimming pool due to the negligence of a
property owner in VA,
contact our Richmond, VA personal injury attorney at
Halperin Law Center and request a
free consultation today.