Preventing Massachusetts Pool Accidents

Yes, it is nearly summer again in New England.  With Memorial Day fast approaching, that means pools will be opened.  That also means that pool accidents will occur.  Whether it be drowning, or improperly diving into a pool, these accidents cause very serious and fatal injuries.  I found this post over at Brain Injury News and Information Blog which does a good job of providing suggestions on how to avoid these costly accidents.  Here is an excerpt from that post:

  • Teach children to swim and not dive where the water is shallow
  • Parents should actively supervise children around water, and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency
  • Pool owners should ensure that their pool has four-sided fencing and a self-enclosing, self-latching gate to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area unsupervised.
  • Pool and hot tub owners should install a door and window alarm to alert them if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
  • Parents should warn children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to stay away from drains.
  • Pool and hot tub owners should install protective measures to prevent entrapments, such as anti-entrapment drain covers, multiple drains, and a SVRS device to automatically release suction and shut down the pump should entrapment occur.

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