How to Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents
Summer is officially here. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the water. Whether you’re nestled in a scenic in-town Atlanta neighborhood or at the beach, free and paid options abound for indoor and outdoor fun in the water:
- Emory University Pool
- Grant Park Pool
- Glenlake Park Bathhouse & Pool
- Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia
- Lake Claire Pool
- Lake Allatoona, Lanier, and Oconee
- Medlock Pool in Decatur
- Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
- YMCA locations
- And many more
Follow these pool, swimming, and water safety tips to ensure everyone has a fun summer by the water.
Teach your kids – and the grown-ups – to swim!
Being able to confidently swim and tread water is a useful, and potentially life-saving, skill. If someone cannot swim or isn’t comfortable in the water, make sure they wear a life jacket. Rip tides can also be a problem at the beach. Teach your family the proper steps to avoid and escape a rip tide.
Set up your home pool with safety in mind.
If you have a pool at your home, install a fence at least 4 or 5 feet tall around it. Include a self-closing, self-latching gate. These measures will help prevent people, especially small children, from falling into the pool and drowning. Use a safety cover on your pool or hot tub when they’re not in use to avoid swimming pool accidents. Consider installing a pool alarm to alert you if someone enters the pool. Also, use plastic or metal beverage cups near the water – never glass.
Supervise children carefully, each and every time.
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends using a supervision system such as Water Watcher. Adults can take turns – 15-minute increments, for example – keeping watch over everyone in the pool. The buddy system also works well, especially at public pools or water parks, such as Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags over Georgia.
Dip in feet-first.
Public pools will mark which areas are okay for diving. Pay attention to their signs because head injures from diving in shallow water can be serious. Never dive in ponds or lakes. You never know where a shallow spot, rock, or sharp tree limb may be underwater.
Be prepared for a pool accident.
When someone is injured in a water-related injury, seconds count. Knowing CPR can help you save a life. Always have a phone nearby in case you need to call 911.
Whether you’re in Decatur, Kirkwood, or other in-town Atlanta neighborhood, seek out the excellent watering holes nearby. Keep your friends and family safe by always following pool and swimming safety practices. Now, get ready to have an incredible summer.
If your loved one was injured in a pool accident, the Atlanta swimming pool accident lawyers at Litner + Deganian are experienced, compassionate attorneys who can help your family heal from this traumatic event. Our office is conveniently located on Briarcliff Road near Emory University, Druid Hills, and Brookhaven. We offer free consultations, so give us a call today.