5 Tips For Avoiding Injuries At The Pool

With the temperatures getting cooler, some people are still heading out to the pool to get the last bit of swimming they can before it gets too cold. With that said, it’s important to be safe at the pool. Here are five ways of avoiding injury at the pool.

1. No running.

The signs are posted everywhere for good reason – running at a pool can result in serious injury. If someone slips and hits his or her head on the way down, this can cause a concussion or result in drowning in the water if the individual is knocked unconscious. By walking slowly and watching your step, you can avoid putting yourself at risk.

2. Heed the depth postings.

If you aren’t able to swim or are with young children, pay attention to where the pool gets deep. Pools are constructed differently, but it’s best to avoid letting small children get anywhere near the deep section of a pool. By keeping them around the shallow end, you reduce the risk that they might get in over their head when they can’t swim.

3. Don’t dive into shallow sections.

Like running, diving can be a danger if done incorrectly. Aside from the fact that hitting the water at the wrong angle can feel the same as landing on concrete, diving into shallow water can result in major head injuries. Many people have broken their necks because of this. When diving, note how deep the water is, and make sure the path is clear – hitting someone can result in injuries just severe as hitting the bottom of the pool.

4. Watch out for the pool chemicals.

The substances used to clean swimming pools are often corrosive  and can burn the skin and eyes. By knowing where those chemicals are and keeping children away from them, you can ensure that no child gets exposed and injured. In addition, locking the chemicals away in a pool house is a precaution that you could take to stop anyone from gaining unintended access.

5. Watch out for electricity.

It’s common practice to have a bit of music playing while swimming in the pool, but take steps to keep electronics far from the water. If they were to fall in, there is a risk of electric shock to all in the water. The electronics would likely be ruined, and people could potentially be burned from the electric current.

Being safe at the pool is largely a matter of taking preventative steps and making sure that everyone understands what is permitted and what isn’t. By taking the time to explain safety rules to all children and visitors, you can ensure that everyone has both a fun and safe time at the pool.