Lack of Safety Knowledge – Prime Cause of Pool Accidents

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

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While beating the heat at the pool, thousands of people every year fall victim to accidents in and around them. Pools are a great source of recreation but also accompanied with safety hazards. When pool accidents happen, the results can be fatal too.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 260 children under five years of age drown every year in residential swimming pools and spas alone. The Commission also estimates that another 3,000 children under the age of five are treated annually in emergency rooms following submersion accidents. Some of these accidents result in permanent brain damage. Researchers have found that 90% of swimming injuries of the head and neck are diving-related.

Lifeguards quote the “lack of safety knowledge” as being the prime cause of pool-related accidents. This leads to lack of supervision, overcrowding, and improper diving, all of which can end in injury. Additionally, failure to adequately train the life guard or absence of life guard, both are hazardous. Faulty equipment, slippery desks, ladders, electrical wiring, pool sliders, suction drainage system, diving board accidents, etc can cause severe accidents too.

Drowning, near drowning or serious slipping are the outcome of lack of safety awareness around pools. In acute cases, they can result in major trauma or spinal cord injury, which changes a person’s entire life in an instant.

In a recent news story, lifeguards have suggested that the best thing to do is follow all regulations and directions. This is only possible if people are proactively made aware of the safety rules. Pool safety signs are a great way to accomplish this.

Good pool safety signs and advice help swimmers avoid accidents. Signs are necessary to make sure that everyone follows safety measures, themselves designed to keep swimming safe and fun. A deep pool sign, no running, no diving, emergency signs, directive and prohibitive signs assist best in the safety of people around the pool. Failure to do so makes a pool owner liable for any drowning or near-drowning accidents that may occur on the premises.

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