With the arrival of summer and the relaxing of social distancing measures, it’s time to hit the pool. Swimming and relaxing in pools both public and private are popular summer pastimes in Florida, but these fun activities can pose dangers, if you aren’t careful. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 10 people die every day from accidental drowning alone.
Some other sobering facts about pool accidents include:
To ensure you get the most out of poolside fun this summer, our Panama City personal injury attorney put together everything you need to know about pool safety.
Always exercise caution at public pools, even if a lifeguard is on duty. Hazards include slipping and falling, electrocution, and drowning. In fact, serious and deadly pool accidents can happen anywhere, from a hot tub to a kiddie pool. If you are watching children while at the pool, stay alert and avoid becoming intoxicated or otherwise distracted.
Some important pool safety tips include:
The sun can also pose dangers. Make sure you and your children are wearing sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and, if you can, avoid being in the sun for long periods between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest. Infants six months of age or younger should always be kept out of direct sunlight.
If you have your own pool, then you will have to take safety matters into your own hands.
Some things you can do to ensure you and your children’s safety include: