Common Causal Factors in Swimming Pool Accidents
It is known that swimming pools are not the safest recreational spaces. They are known to even take lives. This fact should make property owners and swimming pool owners more careful. They should enforce more safety measures and procedures in their pools to ensure that nothing bad is going to happen. This can be particularly important if the swimming pool involved is open to the public.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, those who have been injured in swimming pool accidents may hold the owners or managers accountable. They may even get compensation for the damages. In other words, owners and managers are morally and legally required to ensure the safety of their swimming pools.
But to effectively enforce safety regulations, they should know the common hazards associated with swimming pools first.
Fences, or any kind of barrier, should be installed around the swimming pool. They are there to make the pool not too accessible, so accidents that may arise from unwanted water contact are minimized. The people who are most vulnerable to the lack of barriers around swimming pools are curious, reckless, and unsupervised children, physically or mentally challenged persons, elderly, those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and last but not the least – those who do not know how to swim.
Chlorine and other chemicals are necessary to ensure the cleanliness and purity of the water, but they have their downsides. Excessive use of them can be dangerous for those who are exposed to them. Victims may suffer from eye and skin irritation. It is even worse if they suffer from lung problems just because chemicals are not properly balanced in the water.
This is not surprising. After all, water is already slippery. But there is another product that may be a slipping and falling hazard in or around swimming pools – mold. Victims of slipping accidents may sustain head traumas, spinal cord injuries, and fractures. They may even fall into the water and drown if they have fallen into the deep end of the pool.
Some dangers can be avoided with common sense. But sometimes, when people are having fun, they tend to lose common sense and focus on recreation. This is where warning signs become useful. It is important to install signs that show possible hazards in the area, even if these hazards are obvious. Arguably the most important sign is regarding water depth.