Common paddling pool accidents can look harmless, but they can have awful outcomes. Whenever water is involved, health and safety is of paramount importance. You should take all precautions necessary to prevent paddling pool accidents.
What are the most common paddling pool accidents?
The most common type of paddling pool accidents depends on a number of factors. Chiefly, the size and location of your paddling pool. Here are some of the most frequent paddling pool accidents you need to take steps to guard against.
- Slips: Obviously, the bottom of a paddling pool is going to be slippery. Water provides a significant slip hazard at the best of times. Given the quantity of water in a paddling pool, it’s an accident waiting to happen. The risk is enhanced by the material used to make the paddling pool. Typically, the base is made from thin plastic. This makes it extremely slippery when wet. Not only that, but it also provides precious little protection in the event of a slip accident. Slipping in a paddling pool means you are likely to suffer hard impact with the ground. This can easily cause bruising and other injuries.
- Sunburn: Typically, paddling pools only come out when the sun does. They are the perfect way of cooling off in the hot weather. However, this naturally brings some risks to your health. It’s important to not get distracted by fun in the paddling pool and remember to protect yourself from the sun by wearing sun protection.
- Drowning accidents: By far and away the most serious and tragic consequence of a paddling pool accident is drowning. In the wrong circumstances, it takes an extraordinarily small amount of water to lead to drowning. Say someone slips in a paddling pool and hits their head. Lying unconscious in even the smallest pool of water can easily lead to drowning.
How can I prevent common paddling pool accidents?
For slips and falls, it’s best to assume they will happen and react accordingly. Set your pool up on a soft surface like grass to limit the damage caused by falls. Make sure to regularly top up with sun cream and keep your paddling pool in the shade. To avoid drowning, ensure the pool is never used unsupervised.
If your paddling pool is faulty and you are injured as a result, you may be due injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to get your claim started. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice