The first day of summer is set to land on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. However, for pool owners, it’s been plenty hot for swimming for months now. Some people will keep their backyard paradises all to themselves. Still, even with April and May being as warm as summer in other parts of the country, June is still the perfect time for enjoying a pool. Some pool owners will likely invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, and all sorts of folks, and if you are inviting guests to your pool home there are some things you should know.
Because there is a swimming pool involved, a disaster could strike in the blink of an eye. For instance, a guest could slip and fall on a wet surface, hit their head and obtain a traumatic brain injury.
Then again, somebody might fall into the pool while nobody is paying attention, and an accidental drowning could occur. If the injured or deceased person’s family files a lawsuit against you and you’re found to be negligent in some way, you may have to pay a settlement. That’s why we’re providing you with these pool safety tips today. Summer isn’t far off, so make sure you’re prepared to keep accidents at bay.
Ensure Your Barrier Is Up To Code
Florida law requires pools to be enclosed by barriers of at least 48″ in height. There cannot be gaps in the fence, and it must also have a gate or gates with self-closing hinges. And don’t forget about safety latches. These items can prevent young children from getting to the pool and falling in.
more: Florida Swimming Pool Codes
Be The Designed Lifeguard For Your Event
Often, when people host backyard events, alcohol is involved. Guests and hosts consume beverages and cut loose. However, if one of your primary concerns is keeping everyone safe, perhaps you shouldn’t drink at your gatherings. Rather, remain super and perform lifeguard duties. Then, if someone slips and falls in the pool or gets a cramp, you’ll be able to spring into action and rescue them before the situation turns dire.
Keep The Area Around The Pool Free Of Debris
Obviously, when water gets on concrete, cement, or tiles, those surfaces get slippery, and people can fall. However, slick spots aren’t the only reason guests can go to the ground. When people play in pools, it isn’t uncommon for them to use pool noodles, floats, and toys. But once they get finished with the items, they simply set them on the side of the pool instead of getting out and putting them up where they belong. When the pieces are left thrown about, they pose trip hazards. Thus, take the time to clean up around your pool as the day or night drags on, and maybe, just maybe, none of your visitors will take a tumble.
Have A First Aid Kit With Scissors Nearby
When hosting pool parties, it is vital to have a first aid kit nearby. It can be used to treat a variety of different injuries, from cuts and scrapes to bumps and bruises. However, you should also make it a point to ensure the case contains scissors. Not only will they be helpful for cutting tape and gauze, but the instruments could come in handy for other things too. For instance, if somebody gets trapped beneath the pool covering, you can use the blades to cut them out. Or what if someone’s long hair gets caught in the pool drain? You might need to use the scissors to cut their hair and stop an unfortunate drowning.
If you get injured in or around a pool or a relative dies because of a property owner’s negligence, contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to determine if you’re eligible to seek compensation. The firm offers free case evaluations, and the meeting won’t cost you a dime. Plus, our personal injury clients only owe fees if compensation is recovered. So, don’t hesitate to give our Lakewood Ranch office a call whenever you need assistance.