Hot springs and geothermal pools can be found all over the world, including, for instance in:
- Japan, Iceland and Antarctica
- Peru, Taiwan and the United States
- Canada, New Zealand and Chile
- Hungary, the Azores and Costa Rica
- Honduras, Israel and the UK
When visiting geothermal pools, it helps to be aware of some of the dangers they may pose.
Dangers posed by geothermal pools
In some areas, the water of geothermal pools can be hot enough to cause serious scalding and burning injuries, some of which may even be fatal.
Other dangers directly associated with these pools include the potential presence of certain amoebas (microscopic organisms) that can cause amoebic meningitis, and toxic geothermal chemicals, such as arsenic or mercury, for instance.
Geothermal water may also be acidic or alkaline enough to cause skin irritations, oxidise jewellery or corrode clothing.
Other dangers of geothermal pools
Around hot springs and pools, there may also be the risk of:
- Geyser eruptions, which can unexpectedly shoot scalding hot steam or water up into the air, which could, of course, result in serious scalding injuries. In addition, this water contains silica, which will stick to glass surfaces, including glasses, watch faces and camera lenses, where it has the potential to cause permanent damage.
- Boiling mud, which can also be highly unpredictable and may suddenly erupt and cover you in scalding hot mud and water.
- Venting of hot steam, which again may cause injuries by scalding or toxic gases including methane, hydrogen sulphide and mercury. These gases can make you ill and, in high enough concentrations, may be fatal.
- Geothermally altered ground, which may be uneven enough to cause trips and falls. Occasionally, ground altered by geothermal forces may consist of nothing but a thin crust covering underground caves. This crust could collapse under a person’s weight and potentially cause them to sustain injuries by falling into scalding hot water.
- Hydrothermal eruptions, which are caused by rapid changes of water into steam beneath the ground and can be violent enough to cause serious injuries by explosion.
Then, of course, there is the risk of slips, trips and falls in facilities provided near geothermal springs and pools.
If you had a slip, trip or fall or sustained an injury in another kind of geothermal pool accident for which someone else was responsible, you may be entitled to receive personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline staff can provide you with detailed information on when and how you can make a claim. Both freephone lines, 0333 500 0993 for mobiles and 0800 689 0500 for landlines, are obligation-free, confidential and open 24/7, so call us now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice