Playing in a pool can be fun and relaxing, whether it’s outside at the public pool or inside a hotel. Sadly, even recreational activities like swimming or diving carry great risks, especially for young children.
From 2015 to 2017, about ¾ of children who needed emergency treatment for nonfatal drowning injuries were younger than five. Here are six common types of injuries that occur in pool areas.
Pool slide injuries
Since pool slides are slick and slippery, many users get hurt on them. The risk for injuries is even higher if slides are near shallow water or if people perform dangerous stunts like sliding headfirst.
Drain entrapment injuries
Though drains maintain the cleanliness of pools, they’re also hazardous due to their suction components. Individuals can get their limbs or hair caught in them and drown. Some people can lose their fingers and toes and even suffer internal organ damage.
Many people slip and fall around pool areas, resulting in drowning or broken bones. Authority figures, particularly parents and guardians, can ensure that children walk instead of running around a pool.
A pool with substandard lighting can make it difficult for others to see if swimmers need assistance or rescue. This is worse if it occurs on cloudy days and nighttime.
Chlorine keeps harmful bacteria at bay. However, if improperly handled, it can cause burns, blindness, and/or poisoning if swallowed or inhaled.
Float ropes and depth markers prevent inexperienced swimmers from going to the deeper end of a pool. Should this equipment be broken or missing, said swimmers could unintentionally venture out of their safe zone, endangering themselves.
Users can minimize pool injuries by supervising children, cleaning up around the pool area, and enlisting a lifeguard. Unfortunately, accidents can still occur. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a public or private pool, consider seeking legal assistance to learn about personal injury compensation.