Although great fun in the summer time, swimming pools can be very dangerous environments, especially for young children. In order to keep your family safe, it’s always a good idea to know about the basic safety rules of the swimming pool.
Dangers of the swimming pool
The number one danger of the swimming pool is, of course, drowning or prolonged submersion. Most often this is combined with head injuries or entrapments, although it can also be the case that young children who are seemingly good swimmers can suddenly get into trouble in the deep end. The area around swimming pools is usually both very slippery and very hard, and this can cause additional dangers associated with trips and falls.
In order to keep the area around a swimming pool safe, try to ensure that it is as free of standing water as possible. Unfortunately at a busy swimming pool this is sometimes simply impossible. In this case, make sure everyone walks carefully around the edges at all times. Children should only be allowed to use diving boards once properly trained, and only one at a time.
An adult supervisor should always be within arm’s length of any young child, and there should always be at least one adult trained in CPR at hand. There should also be at least one life-saving flotation device at hand, and the drain covers of pools should be properly covered in order to minimise the risk of entrapment, and equipment should be at hand to quickly deal with entrapment if it does occur.
Injuries at swimming pools
If you or a member of your family has been injured in any way at a swimming pool and it was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This includes injuries due to an unsafe environment, a lack of rescue equipment, or the negligence of swimming pool staff.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if your claim is valid, and how much you could be entitled to claim. Accident Advice Helpline has Esther Rantzen, consumer champion, as a patron, and has been helping victims of unsafe environments receive their due for over thirteen years.
Don’t worry if your accident happened some time ago, claims can usually be made up to three years from the date of the accident itself. For a quick guide, take Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test, which can be found on our website. This will give you a good idea of whether or not your claim is likely to be valid.