Now that the summer season is underway, it’s inevitable that many Indiana families will be spending time around a swimming pool. After all, things do tend to get a bit hot here in The Hoosier State. Of course before they do, it’s a good idea to determine whether or not your neighborhood swimming pool is safe. With that said, here’s some of what to look for:
Non-Skid Surfaces and Grab Bars
Ideally, the surfaces around your Indiana neighborhood’s swimming pool should be coated with a non-skid substance. There should also be non-skid strips and grab rails in the pool’s staircase area. That way, there is less of a chance that you and your family will slip while entering and exiting the pool.
Drain Covers and Other Safety Devices
Hoosiers should also make sure that their neighborhood swimming pool is in compliance with federal, state and local safety rules. This includes the Virginia Graeme-Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as well as the Indiana Public and Semi-Private Swimming Pools Rule 410 IAC 6-2.1. Collectively, they require that certain pieces of safety equipment be present within the swimming pool area. That equipment includes, but is not limited to designated drain covers, ring buoys and shepherd’s crooks.
It is also important to inquire about your neighborhood swimming pool’s water quality. That’s because unsanitary or overly processed water can cause health problems. Those health problems may range from red eyes and skin rashes to gastrointestinal disturbances and respiratory infections.
Lifeguards and Emergency Phones
Another thing to look for is whether or not the pool is manned by a lifeguard. If the pool area is staffed, take the time to determine whether or not those staff members are properly trained and certified. We’d also suggest checking to see if there is a working emergency phone located near the lifeguard’s station.
Understandably, all of your best intentions may not result in an injury free summer. If you or one of your family members is injured, contact the Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN. Our Indianapolis injury lawyers will review your swimming pool injury case for free. If our review indicates that the pool’s owner or lifeguard staff was negligent, we’ll help you fight for compensation.