Swimming Pool Accidents: How to Stay Safe at a Labor Day BBQ

Many people view Labor Day as the last of the major summer holidays. Perhaps you’ve got holiday plans that include a BBQ by the pool. While this is usually a joyous and fun occasion, it’s important to recognize the dangers that could occur if you don’t follow proper safety protocols.

Swimming pool accidents are more common than you may realize; especially if you have children. What are the most prevalent causes of accidents and what can you do to avoid them?

1. Lack of Supervision

Children are more likely to drown or suffer a pool-related injury if they are unsupervised. The chance of a disaster occurring doubles if they are left unsupervised near a pool. To lessen the risk, at least one adult should keep an eye on children who are in or near the pool at all times. You and your friends can rotate responsibility for watching the pool, but someone should always take the lifeguard role as well.

2. Intoxication

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 70% of deaths related to water recreation are due to alcohol consumption.

If you are drinking alcohol in the sun and heat, dehydration could amplify the effects by increasing:

  • impairment of judgement;
  • decreased coordination; and
  • slow response times.

If you are drinking alcohol and decide to take a swim, make sure to hydrate yourself with water and monitor the amount of alcohol you’re consuming.

3. Lack of Barriers

A proper barrier around a pool would be a 4-sided fence; this can be temporary or permanent. Proper barriers can prevent children from falling into the pool and possibly drowning by 83%.

4. Slippery or Uneven Pool Decks

There is a reason lifeguards warn against running near the edge of a pool. Swimming causes a lot of water to splash up onto the concrete area near the pool. This can often cause a person to slip and fall if they aren’t careful. It’s almost impossible to prevent a slippery pool deck, but the owner of the pool can put up warning signs about the possible hazard to caution guests.

Eliot Reiner APLC – Pool Accident Attorney

Anyone who invites people into their home is responsible for possible damages their guests might incur. If you were injured in a swimming pool accident, we can help. We are a compassionate firm with over 28 years of experience, and we will do what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (916) 778-3228 or contact us online for a legal consultation.

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