April 16, 2013 by Richard Gulbrandsen
While swimming pools in Arizona tend to stay open year round, they typically get the most use during the sweltering summer months. Swimming can be a great way to keep cool down and stay refreshed on those triple-digit temperature days. However, if proper safety precautions aren’t taken, pools can result in very serious injuries and even deaths. This is especially the case for young children and inexperienced swimmers. In Arizona, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five.
To keep your pool safe this summer, follow these tips:
- Before jumping or diving into a pool, make sure the area is clear and the pool is deep enough. Diving and jumping in shallow water is responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths in the United States every year.
- Put a fence around your pool that is at least five feet high and non-scalable. The latch for the fence should be high enough that it is out of the reach of small children.
- Always supervise children when near pools. Even if your child is not in the water, make sure to have at least one adult watching in case of an accident. Drowning can take place in as little as a few inches of water and within only a few minutes, so it is important that someone always be watching.
- Don’t rely too heavily on floatation devices. Even the best floatation devises cannot adequately protect inexperienced swimmers from drowning.
- Do not run near pools. Pool decks can be slippery, making it an easy place for slip and falls to happen.
- Always keep a first aid kit, rescue equipment and emergency contacts at hand.
In some cases, negligence on the part of the pool owner, including inadequate supervision, can lead to serious legal consequences. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience at 480-833-8800.