How to Prevent Slip & Fall Injuries around the Pool
What starts as a fun day basking in the sun and splashing around in the cool waters of a pool can quickly turn sour due to a slip and fall injury. Whether you slip on a wet concrete surface at a home pool or trip over a hazardous object left lying around at a public pool, not everyone can bounce back up from a slip and resume the fun activities. Slip and fall accidents can result in cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, pulled muscles, concussions, and even death.
If these hazardous conditions were caused by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your injuries. Of course, the best solution for all parties is to prevent slips in the first place. Here are some tips for preventing slip & fall injuries around the pool:
Clear Away Tripping Hazards
All paths and walking areas should be completely clear of hazards which may pose a risk for trips. Everything from pool toys to towels to lawn chairs can be tripped over. These objects should be picked up and cleared away routinely so no one is at risk of falling over these obstacles and hazards.
Concrete can become quite slippery and lead to injury if the proprietor does not routinely dry the poolside surfaces. Walkways should be kept as dry as possible. They can also be coated with a non-slip surface covering to improve traction and reduce the risk of a slip.
If there are any areas that are more dangerous, handrails should be installed to help guide people around. With the presence of safety handrails, it will reduce the likelihood of people losing their balance and slipping.
All pools should be surrounded with fencing and secure locking mechanisms to prevent anyone from accidentally falling into the pool. This is especially important with small children, as falling into an unattended pool could result in drowning.
If there is an area or obstacle that cannot be removed or improved upon, the proprietor should place warning signs which indicate the potential hazard. This way, all pool users will be aware of the potential risks and take steps to avoid the hazards.
It is very important to have a policy that people not run, play, or roughhouse on the slippery surfaces. People should walk cautiously around the walkways and near slippery surfaces, making sure to be alert and keep their balance.
If the proprietor does not take these preventative measures and a slip and fall injury occurs, they may be liable for your injuries due to negligence. In such a case, contact a personal injury lawyer at an Ottawa law firm like Mullowney’s Law today. We concentrate on obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled while you focus on your rehabilitation.