Swimming pools are the sites of fun and relaxation. However, the presence of water and concrete can be a dangerous combination. Drowning is a leading cause of death among children ages 1-4. Those who own and operate swimming pools are responsible for ensuring that the pool is a safe place. They should keep the area around the pool clear and warn swimmers of potential dangers.
Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents
Swimming pool drownings and accidents can result from things such as swimmer inexperience and a disregard of warning signs. Swimming pool accidents can also result from negligence on the part of the swimming pool owner or operator. Some common causes of swimming pool accidents include:
- Lack of Proper Barriers—people, especially children, need to be protected from the dangers a pool can present. A proper barrier around a pool can prevent drownings. Barriers should be at least 4 feet in height and should not have any openings big enough for a child to slip through. Pool barriers should also have locks.
- Lack of Proper Supervision—if there is no lifeguard on duty, then a pool owner or operator must post a sign warning people. If lifeguards are on duty, then they are responsible for keeping swimmers safe. Lifeguards who are distracted or not doing their jobs can lead to tragic consequences.
- Lack of Anti-entrapment Devices—all swimming pools should have devices installed that protect swimmers from swimming pool drains. If proper devices are not installed, then a swimmer’s hair, clothing, or limbs can be caught in the drainage system. This could lead to serious injury or death.
- Uneven or Excessively Slippery Surfaces—the areas around a swimming pool can also be dangerous. While wet surfaces around a swimming pool are to be expected, some surfaces such as tile can become excessively slippery and lead to slip and fall accidents. Uneven or cracked pavement and surfaces in and around the pool can also lead to dangerous falls. The proper precautions should be taken to minimize slip and fall accidents around the pool.
Contact an Experienced Florida Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in or near a swimming pool, you may want to have an experienced injury attorney evaluate your case. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and they are here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.