Tips For Avoiding Injuries Around The Pool
The hot summer months provide us with great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to beat the heat than to relax by a pool. Unfortunately, accidents at the pool or at a cottage can occur. Common injuries include slips and falls, accidents stemming from poorly maintained properties, accidents stemming from poorly maintained docks & railings, and accidents resulting from excessive alcohol or marijuana consumption. In fact, the government of Canada has stated that drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children aged 1 to 4. Here are some tips we have in how to ensure your pool or cottage area is safe.
Children and inexperienced swimmers should be within view, and more importantly, within arm’s reach whenever they are in the water. The chance of someone drowning within such close proximity is greatly reduced than when left unsupervised. Even if children are wearing swimming aids such as water wings, life jackets, or other devices, it is important to closely monitor them. If a child is wearing a floatation device, it is important to make sure it’s the right size or is appropriate for where they are swimming. Water wings, for example, are not appropriate for use in a boat.
If you have children, it is important to teach them about water safety. Swimming lessons are a great start. It is also helpful for adults and young adults to learn first aid and basic life-saving skills.
Build a fence
It’s terrible to think about, but every year children die in backyard pools. One of the most important ways to prevent this from happening is by securing the area around your pool.
Building a fence is critical to water safety, and is mandatory in most places. The government of Canada recommends building a fence that is 1.2 meters high, ensuring it covers your entire pool area. Any gates on the fence should be self-closing and self-latching, reducing the risk of the gate being left open for a child to wander through.
Additionally, toys, garden furniture, and tools should be kept away from the pool area. Children could use these to climb up and over fences.
Please make sure you check with your town or city to find out any additional or different requirements for fencing and pools.
Practice safe habits
Being prepared for emergencies is the best way to ensure you are able to respond should one arise. Lifesaving equipment should be kept close to the pool (such as a safety ring attached to a rope). First aid kits should also be stored nearby.
It’s also important to clean up after using the pool. Toys should be put away so that children are not tempted to retrieve them, putting themselves in harm’s way. You should also cover your pool when it is not in use.
Contact the personal injury lawyers at Derfel Injury Law if you find yourself injured from a pool accident. We have over a decade of experience in the personal injury field, and we approach each case with compassion and dedication. Our team has a track-record of success, and you can trust us to skillfully shepherd your cottage accident claim through the system while you focus on your recovery. Our office is conveniently located in Toronto. Call us at 416.847.3580 to schedule a visit at the individual office closest to you or contact us using the form below.