With spring break just around the corner, it’s almost time to pull out the swimsuits and take a nice dip in the pool. Many residential properties and hotels throughout South Carolina have swimming pools on the premises. Swimming is an enjoyable activity and great exercise for people of all ages; however, the threat of death by drowning is a very clear and present danger in any size pool. If not properly maintained and secured, swimming pool accidents can happen easily. The potential for a slip and fall accident is high due to the water and wet walking area around the pool. Severe head and neck injuries can occur when swimmers dive into shallow pools.
Before you jump in, make sure to know common pool accident injuries and how to avoid them.
A few swimming pool accident injuries include:
- Head Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Torn Ligaments
- Dislocated Joints
Inappropriate or unsupervised diving may cause even more serious and severe injuries that can require extensive and ongoing medical treatment. They include:
- Head Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
According to SwimmingPool.com, to help avoid these injuries make sure to:
- Teach children to float or swim as soon as possible.
- Always provide competent adult supervision when the pool is in use.
- No one should ever swim alone.
- Caution children against showing off and playing rough and explain the dangers of running and diving recklessly.
- Never push others into the pool.
- When using water slides, always go feet first.
- Before diving or sliding, check to be sure that other swimmers are out of the way.
- Keep rescue devices and first aid supplies near the pool.
- Teach children what to do in case of emergency. An alarm bell that could summon help would be a good idea.
- Keep electrical appliances such as radios out of the pool area because of the hazard of electrical shock.
- Never swim after drinking alcoholic beverages, eating, or taking medications.
Contact Us Today
If you have been injured in a South Carolina swimming pool accident or someone you love was injured or drowned in a swimming pool, please contact Joe and Martin at (843) 357-8888, or fill out an online form. We understand what a painful time this can be for you and your family, and we want you to know we are always available to help you get through it.