“Pool Time” can generate excitement in many of us; however, thoughtless actions in or around the pool can cause self-injury or injury to others. Remember the following safety precautions for your next trip to the pool.
Due to splashing and wet bodies constantly entering and exiting the water, pool decks are notoriously slippery surfaces. The chances of losing balance on a pool deck are increased in young children and seniors–65 and older.
Running on the pool deck can result in the following injuries:
- Sprained wrists
- Strained muscles
- Dislocated hips
- Spinal cord and head injuries
Walking on the pool deck; prevents the risks of falling and hurting yourself.
Avoid Head-First Diving
Accurately gaging pool depth is difficult when standing on the outside of a pool. Avoid diving, unless a swim instructor or lifeguard has cleared you to do so. In general, diving should be done in a pool eight feet or deeper–with no obstructions in the water. Diving in unsuitable water depths can cause head, neck and spinal damage. In some cases paralysis has resulted from head-first diving.
Refrain From Horseplay
A pool consists of people with varying levels of swimming ability. Any in appropriate play–pushing, shoving or jumping on each other–can end with you being asked to leave the water.
Obey the Swim Instructors or Lifeguards
Swim instructors and lifeguards are there to cultivate a safe, enjoyable environment in which you can develop your swim skills. Remember, they hold a position of authority in the pool and that they should be respected.
Parents you have a role in this! Don’t depend on swimming instructors and lifeguards to teach your kids proper pool etiquette – it starts at home. Reinforcing proper behavior in and around the pool can prevent your child from sustaining any injuries or causing someone else to get injured.