Swimming pools are beginning to reopen in Tennessee as the weather warms up and restrictions loosen concerning COVID-19. Enjoying friends, family, and the outdoors by spending a day at the pool may be just the thing that many Middle Tennesseans need right now, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Pools can be dangerous places, especially for overeager swimmers and children.
In addition to the always-present threat of drowning, pools also put swimmers and sunbathers at risk of other injuries, including:
- Slip and fall injuries—The surfaces near pools should have plenty of traction for all types of footwear, including bare feet. But not all pools have this type of traction, putting people at risk of painful and disabling slips and falls.
- Sharp corners—Ladders, slides, stairs, diving boards, and even plastic pool liners can put swimmers at risk if they feature sharp edges. Pool owners should frequently inspect their pools for areas that can potentially harm swimmers, whether they’re entering, exiting, or swimming.
- Improper chemical balances—Chlorine is an essential chemical to keep pool water safe for swimmers. But too much or too little can put swimmers at risk. When there’s not enough, dangerous bacteria can proliferate, and when there’s too much, swimmers can experience irritation and illness.
These are just a few of the potential dangers lurking in swimming pools. If you’re planning on heading to a pool to kick off the unofficial start of summer soon, it’s important to keep these hazards in mind and keep yourself, your children, and anyone else in your party as safe as possible.