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The Importance Of Safety Around Swimming Pools

Posted by Uget Properties on November 2, 2018
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Swimming is a great recreational sport, a beautiful way to relax and bond. However, it is important to know how to be safe while you’re in water or around the swimming pools in order to prevent accidents. We must be particular about following safety measures to prevent life-threatening dangers and accidents. Here are some reasons why pool safety is extremely important:

(1) To prevent drowning

According to the World Health Organisation, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of injury death worldwide. It only takes 20-60 seconds for a person to struggle on the water surface before being fully submersed under the water. This means that drowning is a very fast process. Because of this, a person who drowns is unnoticed. Children between the ages of 1-4 years are at a high risk of drowning so adults should always keep an eye on their children when swimming.

(2) To prevent Pool drain entrapment 

Records shows that since the 1980s there have been at least 147 documented incidents of suction entrapment in swimming pools, including 36 deaths. Suction entrapment occurs when a swimmer, usually a small child, is trapped by the suction forces created by the water rushing out of the drain at the bottom of the pool. In some cases, swimmers have been trapped under water until they drowned and in others, they have suffered serious injuries to various parts of their bodies.

(3) To prevent other forms of injuries

Common swimming pool accident injuries include:

– Slip and fall injuries near a pool

– Diving board injuries

– Limb injuries such as broken bones or lacerations

– Electrocution

– Infection

Injuries occur because of negligence around swimming pools.

Some of the important things not to overlook around the swimming area include:

– Broken or faulty parts within the pool or around the pool.

– Missing Safety marks that denote shallow versus deep ends of the pool.

– Malfunctioning or defective diving boards.

– Inadequate pool maintenance.

– inadequate pool lighting

– Missing safety equipment

– Improperly trained pool staff (or absent of pool staff).

– Damaged or absent pool ladders.

Swimmers must follow pool safety to avoid unfortunate incidents from happening.

The following are some safety tips in or around the swimming pool:

  1. If you have a residential pool, install a pool fence.
  2. Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm.
  3. If you are not a good swimmer or just learning to swim, don’t go in water that’s so deep.
  4. It’s good idea to swim only in places that are supervised by lifeguards.
  5. Ensure the pool cover is in good shape at all time. If you notice any faults with it have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  6. 6.Teach kids not to drink the pool water to avoid chocking, never chew gum or eat while swimming, diving, or playing in water.
  7. The steps of the pool ladders should be at least 3 inches wide and the ladder should have handrails on both sides small enough for a child to grip. There should be ladders at both ends if the swimming pool.
  8. Never swim during a thunderstorm to avoid electrocution.
  9. No diving in shallow ends of the pool.
  10. Learn CPR. It is first aid.
  11. Never push others into the pool.
  12. Reduce the risk of electrocution by keeping electrical appliances away from the pool.
  13. Watch out for the dangerous “tools”- Don’t get too tired, too cold, too far from safety, exposed to too much sun or do too much strenuous activity.
  14. Don’t be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in or around the swimming pool.
  15. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child.

 

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