Many of us enjoy swimming. Whether you find it relaxing at the end of a busy day, you visit the pool with the kids, or you swim to keep fit, a trip to a public swimming pool can be enjoyable.
That being said, it’s always beneficial to be wary of potential risks and hazards, such as slips, trips and falls. Here are five things to be aware of at a public swimming pool.
5 things to be aware of at a public swimming pool
If you’re off for a swim at a public swimming pool, you may want to pay attention to these five hazards:
- Slip and trip hazards: wherever you find water, you’re likely to be subjected to slip and trip hazards. When you go to a public swimming pool, take care when walking around the edge and never run. Wear suitable footwear in the changing room to reduce your risk of slip and trip injuries.
- Dirty water: when you’re swimming in a public pool, there is a risk of dirty water. When lots of people use the same pool, there is a chance that it may contain some unpleasant substances. All public swimming pool operators should take the necessary health and safety steps to protect members of the public from water-borne illnesses; the most important measure is to ensure that the water is cleaned on a regular basis.
- Chlorine and asthma: there is evidence to suggest that chlorine can increase the risk of asthma. If you suffer from asthma, its essential to carry your inhaler with you at all times.
- Legionnaires disease: Legionnaires disease is a water-borne bacterial disease which affects the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, persistent shortness of breath, muscle pain and headaches.
- Verrucae: if you visit a public swimming pool, you may find that you’re at risk of developing a verruca. A verruca is a wart which forms on the sole of the foot. It is possible to catch verrucae off other people and the risk tends to increase if your skin is wet. If you have a verruca, you should wear a special sock if you visit a public swimming pool.
Compensation for accidents in public
If you’ve been injured in a public place or you’ve had a public place accident, you may be able to claim public liability compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your personal injury claim with one of our helpful advisors. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice