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Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries at Swimming Pools This Summer

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Knox County swimming pool injury lawyerWhether they are in a backyard, an apartment building common area, a publicly owned facility, or a hotel or private club, swimming pools can be great places for fun, relaxation, and exercise. However, they can also present a host of opportunities for injuries to adults and children. The owners or operators of a pool have the responsibility to keep their swimmers and other guests safe from personal injury by taking reasonable precautions and making reasonable efforts to maintain safe conditions. They must try to eliminate potential hazards and provide warnings to visitors when a hazard cannot be eliminated.

Potential Risks at Swimming Pools

An accident at a pool can happen in an instant and have a long-lasting impact on any family. There are many risks of personal injury at any swimming pool. These include:

  • Tripping hazards on the pool deck – Uneven surfaces, missing tiles, and maintenance equipment can all be tripping hazards. Individuals who fall at a pool risk injury both from falling on a hard pool deck or unexpectedly falling into the water.
  • Chemical exposure – The chemicals that are used to treat water in pools to prevent bacteria and algae and generally keep the water healthy to swim in. However, excessive chemical use in the water or unintentional exposure to the chemicals can be harmful and even fatal.
  • Pool drains – Drains are necessary to clean and circulate the water in a pool, but the suction they create can become a deadly hazard. Improperly installed or non-compliant drain covers pose a risk of entrapment or entanglement to swimmers.
  • Pool equipment- Ladders, steps, diving boards, and other pool infrastructure should be properly maintained to prevent accidents in and near the water. If they cannot be fixed promptly, warnings must be posted about the potentially unsafe situation.

All pools should have proper fencing with a self-latching gate surrounding the area to prevent unsupervised swimming, especially for younger children or those who cannot swim. Pools should always be properly supervised, and no one should ever swim alone, no matter how experienced of a swimmer they are. Private pools should always have parents watching while public pools should have lifeguards in place.

Contact a Knoxville Swimming Pool Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured at a swimming pool, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our Knox County personal injury attorney will fully investigate your case, examine the circumstances, and fight to hold any liable party or parties accountable. Call us today at 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation and put our experience to work for you.

 

Sources:

https://www.poolsafely.gov/parents/safety-tips/

https://www.parents.com/kids/safety/outdoor/pool-drowning-safety-tips-for-parents/

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