Swimming pools are a great way to beat the heat during summer, get some quality exercise, and even add a considerable amount of value to your property by making your yard even more beautiful. However, any pool owner also knows how risky these features can be. Pools and serious injuries have gone hand-in-hand for centuries, and today, despite increased knowledge and better safety measures, accidents still happen frequently, especially with children. However, we’ve found that most people are unaware of some serious risks associated with pool usage. On this blog, we take a look at three of these issues to help you know what to watch out for when you or your kids head out for a swim.
Swimming pools and spas all have large drains at their low points, designed to suck water and debris in for it to be filtered and then pumped back into the pool. What many people don’t realize is just how strong the suction from these systems is. It’s far easier than you might think for pieces of clothing or long hair to get pulled into these filters and get stuck, trapping someone underwater and causing drowning or serious injuries. This is a particularly large threat for young children, who may not have the strength to swim away from a pool filter.
There are other risks as well. Because these filters are so strong they have been found to cause other catastrophic injuries, including broken bones and even internal injuries. This means as a pool owner you need to be sure your drains are covered with a federally-compliant drain cover that is properly installed. If you have any doubts, have a professional inspect your pool and advise you on whether or not you need an upgrade.
The chemical balance of your pool water is one of the most important factors in whether or not it’s safe to use your pool. Too weak of a chemical concoction and your water won’t be suitably disinfected, leaving you and your kids exposed to any waterborne pathogens. Too strong of a mixture and you could be putting your health at risk from overexposure. Likewise, the mixture needs to be right or else the water could wind up becoming unsuitable for use. It’s important to check the chemical balance of your water at least once per week and regularly keep your pool chlorinated to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for germs and illnesses.
Just because you’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean you don’t need to drink it. In fact, when it’s extremely hot outside, you need more than ever to make sure you consume a good amount of water, particularly when you’re being active in a swimming pool. While the pool can help prevent you from overheating, dehydration is still a serious issue. This effect is doubled when you go into a Jacuzzi or hot tub on a warm day, since your body will also start naturally sweating to try to reduce its own temperature levels. Make sure you not only bring your sunscreen but a cooler of water bottles when heading to the pool, and drink one regularly to make sure you stay hydrated and healthy out in the summer heat.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a swimming pool, including drowning or any other serious accident? Contact a Tulsa personal injury lawyer from Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC now at 918-492-7674! Ask to receive a free consultation.