Swimming pools are popular areas of fun and recreation in Orange County. However, everyone should be wary of the possible dangers lurking in every pool area. Here are some of the most common and some tips on how to prevent them.
Slips and Falls
It is common for pool users to walk barefoot on the pool deck. However, knowing that water often splashes on it, it can get pretty slippery. People who have been in the water get worse injuries. Why? Soaked skin acquires wounds and scratches easier. The best possible solution to this is a cool deck resurfacing. There are several cool deck coatings available that promote cooler surfaces to walk on despite long exposure to sunlight. These are either sprayed or stamped, creating a textured surface that is slip-resistant.
There are many causes for drowning aside from the lack of swimming knowledge. Sometimes, even strong swimmers have close encounters. One cause is pool toys. Make sure that the toys you allow kids to play with in the pool should be made specifically for the pool. It is also important to check inflatable items and make sure that there are no holes whatsoever.
This is a common danger anywhere where people spend hours under the sun. In a pool area, there is more skin to burn. A no-brainer solution is to apply sunscreen before heading to the swimming pool. You may also add some sort of shade in some areas of the pool deck where people can relax away from the direct heat of the sun. Another part that gets burned is foot soles. Most pool deck materials absorb heat so much that walking on them hurts. It is highly recommended to apply a cool deck overlay to make it more heat-reflective. A cool decking stays 30% cooler underfoot than other deck materials.
If your pool has a heater, in-pool lighting, electric water features, or anything that makes use of electricity, the risk of electric shock is there. It is important to hire a licensed electrician to run all the cables to all these facilities, making sure that they won’t cause any danger.
Water is often treated with Chlorine to kill bacteria. However, it is important to consult a pool professional to know the right amount of chlorine to put in the pool. Too much can be detrimental to swimmers as it gets into their skin and bits of it gets swallowed, too. It is also important to store the chemicals in a spot where kids can’t reach it.