As Russia’s capital Moscow sweltered in temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius (approximately 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit) at the end of July 2014, two Ukrainian teenagers came up with an innovative, though somewhat dangerous way of cooling off.
Front room pool
The boys, who refused to give their names or reveal the precise location of their flat, converted their carpeted living room into a several feet deep swimming pool. Having covered the room with a thin layer of polythene film, the teens filled their pool with water and proceeded to take a dip. Images posted to Russian social media evoked a mixed response, with some users congratulating the lads on their idea, while others condemned them as fools, pointing out the varying risks involved in their endeavour.
Apart from the risk of potentially serious damage to the boys’ and neighbours’ flats by the room’s floor giving way under the weight of the water (estimated at approximately half a ton per square metre), the teens exposed themselves to the risk of injury by falling. Those living in flats below them may have been injured by falling objects.
Water and electricity
Another potential risk was that of injury by electrocution. Even a tiny split in the polythene film could have resulted in several possible scenarios, including water seeping into electrical outlets or equipment:
- in the flat and the boys being electrocuted by a direct connection between electricity and water
- in the flat and causing a fire, melting the polythene and again exposing the lads to the risk of electrocution, as well as injury by fire
- in neighbouring flats, exposing neighbours to the risk of injuries by fire or electrocution
In case of fires, both the teenage boys and their neighbours may also have been exposed to toxic fumes and burn injuries from searing hot melted polythene and other materials.
Wet, loose polythene
The wet, loosely fitted polythene could also have been the cause of slip or trip injuries to the boys. Slips, trips and falls could, under the circumstances, even have caused one of the youngsters to lose consciousness and drown.
Making compensation claims
If someone else’s bright idea went terribly wrong and you suffered an accidental injury as a result of their actions, you may be entitled to claim for personal injury compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to learn more about claiming no win no fee* injury compensation.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice