Summer in Oklahoma can be hot. So, for many Oklahoman’s, what better place to escape the sun’s rays than to hit the cool waters of the local pool. Swimming pools can be a great way to find a little relief on those skin scorching days. However, unfortunately each year children die at private and public swimming pools from accidents that could have been prevented. In late June of this year, a thirteen-year-old boy drowned while swimming at a Kentucky pool where he was attending a summer camp. A 7-year-old also drowned this summer at a North Carolina pool where he was attending a pool party. These tragic incidents serve as a stark reminder that swimming pool accidents can happen at any pool.
When searching for a pool, it is important to seek out a facility that is properly maintained and has the necessary safety measures in place. Take a few moments upon arriving at a new pool to thoroughly check out the pool before deciding to swim at the facility. Make sure your check list includes reviewing the pool for the following things:
- Lifeguards on duty: When visiting a new pool take note if there is a lifeguard on duty. Certain pools, like those located in hotels, often will not have a lifeguard present. If you do not feel comfortable swimming without a lifeguard on duty, then it is best to select to swim at another pool.
- Depth of pool is marked: Look to make sure that the depth of the pool is clearly marked. This information can help guide swimmers to stay in the area of the pool that is most suited to their swimming abilities. Also, do not dive in a pool unless it is clearly posted that diving is permitted and only dive in areas of the pool designated for diving.
- Clean, clear water: The idea of swimming in cloudy, dirty water should not only sound unappealing, but it can also be dangerous. A swimmer that slips under the surface of the water is more easily seen by a lifeguard if the water is clean and clear.
- Not overcrowded: On a hot day it can seem that everyone in town had the same idea to hit the pool all at the same time. However, there is a difference between a busy pool and an overcrowded pool. Too many people in the pool at the same time can lead to people bumping into each other. This can become dangerous since people may have a difficult time staying above the surface of the water with all the commotion. An overcrowded pool can also makes it more difficult for a lifeguard to do their job properly.
- Life-saving equipment within reach: If you notice a person drowning or struggling in the water, the best way to help him or her is to offer the person something to hold onto, like a reaching pole, or to throw them a flotation device. This is often much safer than swimming to the person, because in the person’s struggle he or she may inadvertently pull the person trying to save him or her underwater. A pool should have reaching poles and flotation devices within easy reach.
If someone you love suffered serious injuries or died as the result of a swimming pool accident, you need compassionate Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys who can help you understand your rights. Only a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney can help you determine whether you can hold the wrongdoers accountable through filing a personal injury or wrongful death action. The experienced injury and accident attorneys at The Handley Law Center have helped countless accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. To schedule your free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury law attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. You can trust the attorneys at The Handley Law Center to provide you with quality and aggressive representation.