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Pool safety is essential for Virginians this summer

Summertime in Virginia is in full swing, and for many Virginians, that means a trip to the local pool. A dip in the pool provides a great opportunity to cool off and for children to play with friends. These experiences can create life-long memories. Unfortunately, pools can also be dangerous environments and lead to injuries, even deaths. A lack of repair or hazardous conditions at community pools can contribute to these injuries, and it is important for Virginians to know how to stay safe.

It is critical to be alert to the conditions at your local community pool. A person should be aware as to whether the pool pumps are working and if the pool is employing the appropriate safety drain covers. Fences should limit access to the pool, and water safety rules should be easily visible and accessible for both children and adults.

Making sure that the pool staff is equipped in the event of an emergency could be potentially life-saving. Has the staff had training in CPR and first aid? Additionally, making sure that there is enough staff to monitor the pool activity, and that they are actively monitoring the pool, may help prevent a tragic accident. Lifeguards and staff should have access to necessary life-saving equipment. A charged phone should be easily available to call for emergency assistance.

Of course, caregivers will always want to keep an eye on their children, while the children are swimming. It may be helpful to be trained in CPR, as well as basic life-saving skills. Virginians of course hope to never have to use such skills. But, sometimes, dangerous situations do arise.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a community pool, or other pool, you may have a premises liability claim. You may wish to consult with an attorney to review a possible cause of action.

Source: PoolSafely.gov, "Staying Safe in Community Pools," accessed on July 24, 2015

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