Swimming pool accidents generally fall into three main categories:
oLack of supervision,
oFaulty pool equipment, and
. Common injuries were those associated with the head and neck, lacerations and soft-tissue injuries.
Pool surface slip resistance
Hard with water can create a danger. A make shift "slip-n-slide" is the way many pool deck surfaces feel when they do not have the proper resistance to slipping
Slip and fall injuries around pool decks are not uncommon
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 3,582 fatal unintentional injurys related to pools last year.
The diving board is responsible for more than 50 per cent of pool accidents. So, watch out!Pediatrics, researchers found that 90% of diving-related injuries occurred in swimming pools.
Pool and spa safety
To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments.
The campaign is a call-to-action for consumers and industry to adopt proven water safety steps and join a national conversation about pool and spa safety by sharing best practices and other life-saving information.
The Pool Safely campaign carries out the provisions of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), federal legislation mandating new requirements for public pools and spas, including a public information campaign.
Local, state and federal regulations
Public pool and spa owners and operators should follow local, state and federal regulations to ensure the safety of their facilities.
By checking to see if a public pool or spa is using appropriate water safety practices, you can further assure the safety of you, your family and your community. These are helpful questions to ask when you and your family visit a public pool or spa:
Having the Appropriate EquipmentoAre there fences that limit access to the pool and spa?
oHas the pool or spa been inspected to ensure it is compliant with federal and local laws and regulations?
oAre the new safety drain covers being used in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?
oDo pool and spa pumps appear to be running?
oIs there life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles available for use?
Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the PoolIs
Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the PoolIs there a lifeguard at the pool or spa to watch children and adults?
oAre you watching your own child or children when they're in or around the water?
oAre there water safety rules posted in a visible area for adults and children to review?
oIs there sufficient staff to monitor the pool or spa when it's in heavy use?
oIs there a charged phone close by at all times?
Learning and Practicing Water Safety SkillsoDo you and your children know how to swim?
oIs the staff trained and certified in first aid and emergency response?
oDo you know how to perform CPR on children and adults? Are those skills updated regularly?
oDo you understand the basics of life-saving, so you can assist in a pool emergency?
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, you may want to hire an accident attorney.