If your home has a pool, you know that it’s one of the best ways to relax in the summer – especially when surrounded by family and friends. However, swimming pools can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye, and someone can easily be hurt.
Here are a few tips to help you prevent swimming pool accidents and have a safe summer.
1. Clearly mark pool depths.
Make sure your pool’s shallow and deep ends are clearly marked. Swimmers who aren’t confident could accidentally find themselves in over their heads (literally). Remember to warn visitors not to dive into shallow water.
2. Provide constant supervision.
Never leave children unattended while swimming. At least one adult should always be watching children while completely free from distractions. That being said, adults shouldn’t swim alone either. Bring a friend into the water with you or make sure a lifeguard is present before taking a dip.
3. Don’t drink and swim.
Drinking and swimming is just as reckless as drinking and driving. Even after just a bit of alcohol, swimming isn’t always safe.
4. Check all pool equipment.
Take the time to check any ladders, slides, pool lights, diving boards and other equipment that could malfunction and cause a serious accident. Replace or repair any damaged parts as soon as possible, and don’t allow swimming until repairs are complete.
5. Clear excess toys.
Pool toys are fun, but having too many lying around can cause someone to slip and fall. If a toy isn’t being played with, move it away from the edge of the pool.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, the Tampa attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo can help. We have the experience in premises liability that you need to be compensated for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation.