Many people enjoy swimming for a variety of reasons. It is a good way to keep fit, you can enjoy being in the pool splashing around with your friends or family, and it can be a good way to relax as well. Whatever you swim for and wherever you do it, you would always expect to have a good pool to enjoy though.
An accident in a swimming pool can be dangerous because of the water. If you were to hit your head and knock yourself out in the pool, there could be a potential of drowning. Of course incidents like this are very rare, but this doesn’t mean they are never going to happen.
How important is it to pay close attention to pool safety?
Pool safety is very important indeed. It can literally make all the difference between life and death. The people responsible for running the pool must ensure it is safe to use at all times. It should be clean and have the right proportion of chemicals to ward off bacteria and bugs.
It should also be safe to walk around so no one has the chance to fall in. Just because the area around the pool is wet, it doesn’t mean it should be slippery. Regular cleaning will help prevent this from happening.
An accident in a swimming pool might happen in a number of ways. For example you could slip while walking around it and hit your head or fall awkwardly in some other way. Broken tiles are another potential problem that could result in a cut to your foot or hand if you tread on them.
What should you do if you are injured?
Obviously you will want to get your injury treated or seen to in whatever way makes the most sense. Sometimes a trip to A&E will be the only option, such as if you suspect you have broken a bone.
However you should also alert those at the pool to what happened, and let them know what hazard caused your injury.
Going through an experience like this is upsetting. You may have a chance to get compensation for your injuries too, and calling 0800 689 0500 could help you get there.
This will put you through to Accident Advice Helpline for the information and advice you know you really need to have.
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen