Swimming pools are fun. They help you counter the heat, enjoy under the sun, and have quality time with your family and friends. But sometimes, even fun things can be very dangerous.
Swimming pool accidents are not that uncommon. When you look at it, a swimming pool is not the safest place to be in. There are a lot of factors that may not go your way, and that may result to injury or death. Below is a list of the common causes of swimming pool accidents.
Impairment or lack of swimming skills
Alcohol and drugs can have physical effects, including comprehension and coordination issues. These issues may result into the victim not being able to properly make decisions in the pool area and cause an accident to himself or the others around him.
Not knowing how to swim is also a major factor in many swimming pool accidents, primarily because the victim will not be able to save himself.
Lack of adequate barriers
Owners should have the responsibility of making their swimming pools not too accessible, and the best way to do this is by putting barriers or fences around the pool, to prevent easy entrance from children and other people who can be very vulnerable near water.
Having a barrier or fence is not enough. Owners should also make sure that these are actually strong and high enough, or else we might be seeing a drowning accident in the area.
Lack or improper use of signage
There should be proper signage and warnings in and around the pool to inform patrons of possible dangers. These may include reminders of not diving on shallow waters, not running on the edge of the pool, or signs that indicate the depth of water in a particular part of the pool.
The absence or improper use of these signs put unsuspecting swimmers at risk, especially those who lack swimming skills and those who have the tendency to be reckless on the edge of swimming pools.
Defective design may refer to unintelligent design of the swimming pool or a malfunction in its components. Defective designs may include pool drain issues, sump pump issues, and other problems that may be a sign of failure to comply to reasonable safety standards.
According to an informative article on the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., swimming pool accidents are covered in product liability laws. But you should also remember the fact that swimming pool accidents can still happen because of your own doing. So in the end, your first line of defense against swimming pool accidents is diligence.