Posted on: August 26, 2014
Community pools are a common destination for families during the summer. This year, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers wants to remind parents of simple ways to prevent injuries and save lives at public pools.
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Make Supervision a Priority
If you are visiting a community pool with children, always make supervision a priority. Even lifeguards can miss accidents, so it is important to stay alert and watch for dangerous situations.
Never swim in a public pool if a lifeguard is not present. Additionally, watch your children to ensure that they are safe in and around the water. Take note of any safety rules / regulations posted near the pool and point them out to your children. This might include a “no diving” sign, or a warning that states, “do not run.” These rules are in place for a reason: to keep you and your family safe.
Finally, never use a community pool without a phone nearby. In the case of an accident, it is essential that you can call emergency services for assistance.
Is the pool up to federal & local safety standards?
Believe it or not, some public pools do not adhere to federal and local safety regulations. These safety regulations are designed to prevent injuries and fatalities, but poor pool management could ignore them.
Important safety rules at community pools include:
- Up-to-date life-saving equipment, such as reaching poles and life rings
- Operable pool and spa pumps that meet local / federal standards
- Safety drains that comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
- Recent inspections to ensure that the facility follows safety regulations
Teaching Your Children About Water Safety
Pool safety begins at home. If you plan to visit a public or community pool this summer, talk to your children about basic safety rules and guidelines. Do not allow your children to enter the pool if they are unable to swim, even if a lifeguard is on duty. Additionally, prepare yourself for emergencies. If possible, learn CPR and keep your certification updated. These simple steps can help your children avoid an accident and – in the event of an emergency – prepare you to respond.
If you have questions about injuries and accidents at community pools – including drowning or near-drowning accidents – give our South Carolina personal injury attorneys a call. We can help you learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help get the compensation you deserve!