Common Pool Injuries to Avoid on the Fourth of July
Nothing ruins a summer outing like an accidental injury. Unfortunately, every Fourth of July, emergency rooms across the country fill with victims who may have lost far more than a day of fun in the sun. So that you and your family will be safe as you observe Independence Day, we offer these friendly reminders about common injuries that occur in and around public and private pools.
- Diving injury — Diving from a springboard or a set platform can cause whiplash injuries if the diver strikes the water at an odd angle. However, the most serious injuries usually come from diving into the shallow end of a pool, especially when the diver strikes his head. This can cause concussion and traumatic brain injury.
- Slip and fall — Pool patrons should never run; wet surfaces can cause catastrophic falls onto hard concrete or tile surfaces, or against metal ladders. The danger of broken bones and traumatic brain injury is great. If a person falls and strikes his head, he should go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
- Drowning — According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths for children, ranking lower only than auto accidents. Each year, about 350 children under the age of five drown in the United States, most in backyard pools during the months of June, July and August. Another 2,600 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for near-drowning incidents that can produce permanent brain damage.
- Suction injuries — Even though pool designs have improved in recent years to make drains much safer, the suction from pool drains can still injure small children.
- Chemical burns — A little too much chlorine can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs. More than that can provoke a child’s asthma or actually burn tissue. You can’t determine chlorine levels simply by smell; test the water with a pool strip to make sure it’s safe for you and your children. Sunlight can reduce the chlorine level in a fairly short time. So, if it tests a little too high, just wait it out for an hour or two.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July.
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