Summer has arrived and the weather is heating up, which means many of us are probably looking forward to taking a nice dip in the cool blue waters of a swimming pool to take a break from these rising temperatures. This is a fun activity for children and adults alike, but it is important to remember to be safe even as you enjoy your day at the pool. Be mindful of your surroundings and remember to take certain safety precautions in order to avoid accidents from happening to you or your loved ones.
Hazardous Pool Conditions
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study of over 50,000 facilities, examining the health and safety of public pools in several different states, and discovered that nearly 4 out of 5 public pools were not in compliance with 1 or more safety regulations. Additionally, 1 out of every 8 inspections conducted resulted in the closure of that facility. As such, it is important to remember that public pools might not be as safe as many of us are prone to believe. Never assume a pool is safe.
Some of the most common pool accidents are caused by:
- Dirty water that can cause infections or visibility issues
- Lack of safety equipment
- No pool depth indicators
- Damaged pool equipment such as ladders
- Faulty or missing pool drain covers
While it is certainly impossible for swimmers to see dangerous bacteria in a pool, it is not impossible for them to stay safe. The CDC has some safety recommendations for swimmers, which include:
- Using test strips to determine chlorine levels in the water
- Making sure you know the depth of the pool
- Checking if the facility has the required safety equipment
- Choosing pools attended by adequately trained lifeguards
If you are taking your children to a public pool, it is important to keep in mind that just because there is a lifeguard present does not mean it is wise to engage in other activities, such as using your phone, reading, socializing, or drinking. Pools can get crowded and a lifeguard cannot always effectively watch every individual in the pool, removing your attention from them might put them in danger. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, join your kids for a day of fun in the pool, which can help ensure their safety while creating memories you will always cherish.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Rhode Island
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to someone else's negligence or carelessness, you will need an experienced and knowledgeable at your side to help navigate the legal system. At Inman & Tourgee, we have a team of skilled Rhode Island personal injury attorneys, a full staff of paralegals, secretaries, and receptions who are all dedicated to backing up our clients, ready to intimidate the opposition.
Our attorneys are effective in successfully settling cases both in and out of court. In fact, Inman & Tourgee has recovered over $35 million on behalf of our clients throughout an illustrious history spanning more than 25 years and we continue to fight for injured victims every day. To assist our clients in determining how much compensation they should pursue, we employ a public adjuster who once worked as a claims adjuster for an insurance company, providing a unique amount of insight and an advantage regarding the opposing side.
Call our office today at (401) 622-0092 to set up a free consultation with one of our skilled Rhode Island personal injury attorneys.