If you’re jetting off on holiday this summer, you’re probably looking forward to splashing around in heated swimming pools and relaxing on the beach.
Many of us enjoy having a pool on our doorstep when we’re abroad, but there are some potential hazards to be aware of. Here are some safety tips to help reduce the risk of travel accidents and enable you to enjoy your holiday without any swimming pool injuries.
Are heated swimming pools dangerous to your health?
Heated swimming pools are a staple of many holiday resorts. If you’re travelling abroad this summer, the resort you’ve booked may have heated swimming pools, as well as pools heated by the natural sunlight.
Some people have concerns about the safety of swimming in heated swimming pools. Levels of chlorine are higher in heated swimming pools than non-heated pools. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria and enable you to swim in clean water. If excessive amounts of chlorine are used to clean heated swimming pools, there may be risks to health.
However, if pool managers and resort owners adhere to recommended guidelines, you should be able to swim perfectly safely.
Staying safe in the swimming pool
If you’re swimming in heated swimming pools, the main health and safety problems you may encounter include other humans, animals and waste products. When you’re swimming, take these tips on board to reduce your risk of holiday accidents and travel injuries:
- Never run around the edge of the pool: this carries a high risk of slips, trips and falls
- Wear suitable footwear around the pool
- Never swim in a dirty pool: notify the manager if the pool looks unclean
- Don’t drink pool water
- Don’t dive at the shallow end
- Know your limits and use flotation aids if you’re not a confident swimmer
- Never leave children unsupervised
Can I claim compensation for an accident at a swimming pool?
If you’ve been injured abroad and you were not to blame, you may have a case for holiday accident compensation.
If your holiday was booked through a UK tour operator and you have proof that an accident overseas occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a claim for travel accident compensation.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice