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Common causes of swimming pool accidents

Swimming pool accidents are becoming a common occurrence in Florida. As fun and exciting as the lure of taking a dip in the pool seems, the risk of accidents and injuries is great. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2014, there were 3,536 unintentional drownings in the United States. The majority of these accidents were preventable.

Inadequate supervision

A lack of supervision is one of the most common causes of swimming pool accidents. Children and young adults tend to play and run near and in pool areas, increasing their risk of slips and falls. Also, many young people do not have adequate swimming skills. It only takes mere seconds for young people to have pool accidents that can lead to them sustaining traumatic injuries and dying. Parents should never allow their children near swimming pools unsupervised, states

Safety equipment and damage

Some property owners do not have sufficient pool barriers and safety equipment in place to protect their guests. Barriers can help prevent unauthorized access to swimming pools. Safety equipment like steps and railings can help to prevent slip-and-fall pool accidents. Pools that have damaged components, such as loose tiles and uneven sidewalks and surfaces can prove problematic for guests. They are a leading cause of pool-related slip-and-fall accidents.

Swimming pool injuries are often catastrophic in nature. While some victims only sustain minor injuries and can recover immediately from their ordeals, many people are not as fortunate. They often end up with more severe injuries that result in paralysis, brain injury and even death. Before swimming in any pools, people should carefully inspect their surroundings to ensure they are completely safe and never leave their children unattended.