Summer is upon us, and one of our favorite hot weather activities is to go swimming. Whether it is in our own pools, a friend’s pool or in the local community pool, one thing is certain, we will be in the water.
With June being National Safety Month, Wilshire Law Firm is taking this opportunity to remind everyone to be pool safe. We want adults and children alike to have fun at the pool, while having a safe and enjoyable summer!
By following this list of helpful tips, you can avoid a number of accidents that commonly occur around pools.
Have a First Aid Kit Handy
Minor injuries are common at the pool, even when we do our very best to take all the necessary precautions. Have a fully-equipped first aid kit standing by to treat minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. If a slip or fall occurs, make sure you have plenty of ice on hand for swelling. Call for medical assistance if the situation warrants it.
Wear Appropriate Foot Gear
Slip and fall accidents at the pool happen most often when people walk barefoot around a pool’s perimeter. Invest in a good pair of water sandals or shoes that will keep you sure-footed when you’re poolside. Flip flops are not considered proper water shoes; choose a style with treaded rubber bottoms, and supportive uppers.
Do Not Run or Play On or Play Near Slippery Surfaces
Take care not to run or walk too quickly through areas covered by water, in areas where water tends to puddle, or in areas where the ground stay wet. Playing in these conditions is equally dangerous.
High-Traffic Areas Should Have Adequate Traction
In high traffic areas, take extra measures to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. Mats and traction devices should be placed in these areas to give surer footing, and prevent injuries.
Check For Obstacles and Tripping Hazards
Tables, chairs, and other types of poolside furniture can sometimes get in the way. Ensure that there are clear paths through areas where people are walking to avoid tripping over, or bumping into heavy items.
Use Warning Signs in Dangerous Areas
Putting up warning signs in dangerous areas alerts everyone to take extra care when walking through them.
Place Handrails Where Needed
Poolside ramps or staircases should always have handrails. Negotiating a ramp or staircase without a handrail, especially when the ground is wet, can increase the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls.
Residential Pools Should Have Fencing Around Them
If you have a pool at your home, it needs to be surrounded by a fence to prevent anyone from falling into it when it is not in use. Check with your local city about pool-fencing guidelines to make sure your fencing and other pool safety features comply with local requirements.
Secure Any Hoses or Wiring
Hoses, electrical wires, phone cords and other potential tripping hazards should be secured and out of the way. Make sure hoses are coiled up and put away, as well as pool cleaning equipment and other potentially dangerous. Having these items out of sight before people gather around the pool is a smart move. If a phone is needed, use a mobile phone, or a fully-charged cordless model.
Do Not Carry Too Many Items At One Time
If you’re traversing the pool area with food, drinks, or other items, make sure you don’t carry too much at once. Make several trips if you have to – it’s better to take more time than to slip or fall and sustain a potentially serious injury.
These simple tips will help to make your time at the pool this summer, safer and more enjoyable.
We encourage you to share these tips with friends and family to keep your loved ones safe this summer.
If you have been injured in an accident at the pool, the team at Wilshire Law Firm can help you obtain compensation for the injuries that you sustained. To speak with an attorney about your potential case, call 1-800-522-7274. Your initial consultation is free. If Wilshire Law Firm can help you with your case, they will provide their services with no up-front cost to you. Call today!