Many hotels around the world operate swimming pools, but unfortunately, few of them actually bother to employ lifeguards. To prevent potentially serious, even life threatening, personal injuries, it is vital to follow a few simple safety rules around hotel swimming pools without life guards.
Preventing pool accidents
Supervising children near/in pools at all times is of obvious, utmost importance if tragedies are to be prevented. Other precautions you should take to prevent accidental injuries include:
- Always familiarising yourself with the pool’s layout and identifying shallow and deep areas before entering the pool
- Checking water depth before jumping or diving into pools
- Never diving into water that is less than a minimum of 1.5 metres deep
- Never jumping or diving into pools from pool-side furniture or other raised features
- Not using the pool when closed or after dark
- Never using pools after consuming alcohol or immediately after meals
- Always observing pool rules and information signs
- Always knowing who to call for help if required
To ensure pool hygiene is maintained and does not represent a risk of contracting bacterial infections, it is also vital to:
- Ensure children visit the toilet before entering the pool
- Ensure regular toilet breaks are taken
- Never swim with an upset stomach
- Shower before entering the water
- Ensure young children wear appropriate swimwear
- Wash hands thoroughly after changing nappies or going to the toilet
Naturally, it is not recommended to change nappies next to the pool and/or allow children to swim in nappies. Should a faecal accident occur in or around the pool, hotel management should be notified immediately to allow them to deal with the situation and maintain high level pool hygiene.
The area surrounding pools can be extremely slippery, so it is important to avoid unruly behaviour and running if injuries by slipping are to be prevented. In a similar fashion, it is important to keep belongings out of pathways and passages, where they could cause injuries by tripping.
If you were injured on holiday, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. To be eligible to claim, the injury must have been sustained within the past three years. It must also have been the result of another person’s fault or negligence. Accident Advice Helpline offers free advice on how to claim and legal assistance throughout the claim process under conditional fee agreements. Call the 24/7 free phone number for more information today.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice