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Swimming pool accidents and how to avoid them

If you have children, it's likely that they love to have a pool day. You might like to take your children to a pool at your own home, a pool of a friend or to a public swimming pool. Although swimming is a great activity for children, giving them exercise and helping them to learn to be confident swimmers, swimming pools can present a very real danger to children, and safety should be taken seriously at all times. Accidents do happen, and it is important to take every measure possible to avoid them.

The following are what pool owners should do in order to ensure pool safety.

Add pool covers when the pool is not in use

Swimming pools often present the most danger when they are not being used, because it is less likely that an adult will be present to intervene. A young child might be playing in the garden alone and fall into the pool, for example. Pool covers can help avoid these types of risks by ensuring that no one accidentally falls into the pool.

Safety railing

It's easy to slip when walking or climbing down into a pool. A slip and fall within a pool can lead to minor cuts and bruises, but it can also lead to much serious injuries, especially when a person hits his or her head. Railings can prevent injuries such as these.

Any owner of a swimming pool has the responsibility to ensure that he or she is doing everything that he or she to keep it safe. If you or your children have been involved in a pool accident where you think owner negligence was to blame, it is important to look into your rights to recoup damages.

Source: Kids in the House, "Avoiding Swimming Pool Accidents," David Grey, accessed Nov. 17, 2017

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