Drowning is typically thought to be the only swimming pool danger, but injuries can also result from unchecked chemical levels and slippery surfaces.
Whether you’re at a public pool or at home near your pool, danger can strike at any moment. In fact, drowning is one of the major causes of death for children under the age of five. With such alarming statistics one would think that greater attention would be paid to this concern. In this article, we’ll not only discuss ways to prevent an accident from drowning but also:
- Why it is necessary to regularly check pH, chlorine and other chemical levels
- How to prevent a slip and trip in areas surrounding the pool
- Tools to help you create a safe environment for adults and children
Frequently Check Chemical Levels
The pool’s water quality has a great deal to do with the types of bacteria that are bred. Many individuals think that if it’s crystal clear it must be clean—but that’s far from true. Even water that looks pristine can be a breeding ground for water illnesses. Instruct pool attendants to frequently check pH levels, as they can become quickly unbalanced. For public swimming pools, keep a chart indicating pH levels (in relation to the temperature and the number swimmers) to help you better identify when they’re more likely to become unbalanced. Also be careful to read all labels in regards to chemical use because an unsuitable combination can prove to be toxic for swimmers.
Drowning is a Serious Concern
As you’ve likely guessed, drowning is a primary concern associated with swimming pools. Children should never be left unsupervised, even if they are skilled swimmers. In some situations, however, it may be difficult for attendants or lifeguards to monitor swimmers. Swimming pool convex mirrors can bring obstructed corners to view. These are suitable for public swimming facilities and even around your home to keep a careful eye on children. As a parent or caretaker, it’s also not a bad idea to learn basic emergency aid techniques like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This skill alone has the potential to save a life in an emergency situation.
Prevent a Slip and Trip
Slip, trip and fall accidents are common in areas where concrete meets water. Public pool authorities, for that reason, need to be especially careful to educate patrons on the dangers and take the necessary steps to remove moisture from entryways, decks, and locker rooms. This can be done by mopping wet areas, installing rubber padding for increased traction, and mounting advisory signs. Another approach is to have individuals read and sign a safety waiver upon entrance so that they can raise any concerns they may have before setting foot on the property.
Pools are intended to be joyous and fun but they can quickly become hazards if the proper precautions are not taken. Remember to be cautious of moist and slippery walkways, routinely check the chemical levels to prevent bacteria growth and always monitor children who are swimming.