What steps should I take to keep children safe around pools?
If you are a parent or the owner of a pool, it’s important that you take action to ensure that children are kept safe around the water. The following tips can help you keep kids safe while around pools.
Put up a Fence Around a Residential Pool
If you’re the owner of a residential pool, one of the best things that you can do to protect children (and to protect yourself from liability in the event of an accident) is to put up a fence around your pool. A fence will help to keep curious children out, which reduces the risk of an accident occurring.
Always Be on the Lookout
If you take your children to a pool or if you host a pool party with kids, it is your responsibility always to be on the lookout. Never leave children in a pool unattended, don’t fall asleep, and refrain from drinking alcohol when kids are near water. If a child does have an accident or issue, you need to be able to act immediately. Brain damage and death from drowning only takes seconds.
Invest in Life Vests
If your child doesn’t know how to swim yet, don’t take any risks. Instead, invest in a life vest that your child can wear when in and around the water. If your child slips or falls into the water, or is unable to swim, a life vest can save his or her life. Keeping extra life vests for other children on hand is a good idea, too.
Make Sure Your Child Takes Swim Lessons
Swim lessons are extremely important for children to take. Even if your child is very young, you may be surprised to learn that children as young as 12 months are encouraged to participate in swimming lessons. Your child’s risk of drowning is greatly decreased if they have some swimming, floating, and water-treading skills.
Eliminate Slippery Surfaces Around Pools
If your residential pool is surrounded by a surface or tiles that are slippery when wet, you should take immediate action to have a non-slip sealant applied. When surfaces are slippery, the risk of a fall is much greater.
What should I do if my child is injured in a swimming pool?
If your child is injured in a slip and fall accident that occurs near a swimming pool, you need to learn about the two types of compensation in a slip and fall accident claim which you can do on our slip and fall blog. Then, you need to call the attorneys at Bressman Law for legal counsel. Reach us at 866-777-6680 today.