Every Summer residents of Allen, Tx. prepare for fun in the sun at pools and splash parks alike. Pools are a places friends and families expect to splash, play, and relax together. In preparation for this joy-filled time with their loved ones however, parents often forget to plan for potential dangers inherent in pool recreation.
No one wants to experience a tragedy in the home or HOA pool. Thankfully, hundreds of families navigate swimming season safely each year. Unfortunately, dozens of families fall victim to drownings and other water related accidents each summer. With this in mind, it is important to know what hidden dangers pools present to your families. The following are the Top 7 Pool Dangers in Allen, Tx. 75002. Please read them and remember to watch out for potential risks as you enter a time of summer fun in the sun!
Drowning is the most familiar pool danger but it is also the most preventable. Individuals can drown in very short periods of time, and even near-drowning accidents can result in permanent debilitating injuries. Every day, around ten people die from unintentional drowning. In 2016 alone, Texas experienced at least 35 drownings of children younger than 6!
Many types of bacteria can survive quite happily in swimming pools, circulating among different swimmers to spread illness.
- Chemical Exposure
The chemicals used to keep pools clean and safe can be dangerously toxic in high amounts. Chlorine, for example, can dry and irritate skin as well as aggravate asthma. These chemicals can also kill the body’s naturally beneficial bacteria if water is swallowed, potentially causing digestive problems and lowered immunity.
- Electrical Shock
Both water and chlorine are excellent conductors of electricity, making swimming pools very hazardous in unsafe electrical conditions.
- Food and Beverage
Eating together at the pool can be as much fun as playing in the water. Unfortunately, careless handling of food and drinks can pose dangers as well.
Food falling into a pool can overtax the filtration system. Also, broken glass containers in or out of the pool can seriously injure swimmers. Furthermore, drinking alcohol can impair a person’s ability to swim.
Golden tans are wonderful. Unfortunately, many people spend hours overexposing their skin to the sun’s radiation in order to achieve this sought after look. The sunburns that result, including painful sores and blisters, are just one of the concerns. Too much sun exposure also increases risks of skin cancer.
- Seizure Disorders
For people with seizure disorders, drowning is the most common cause of unintentional injury death.
- Toys & Inflatable Pools
Water guns, inflatable rafts, basketball hoops, and countless other pool toys bring hours of fun entertainment for swimmers. There are also risks associated with pool toys, especially when they are misused.
Inflatable pools bring their own set of potential problems parents beware of. These pools can become lopsided and unbalanced. Also, because many inflatable pools are filled using household water hoses they do not have treated water like other swimming pools do.
No family imagines they will ever experience injury or death due to the these dangers. Although most never suffer through such a tragedy, one victim is too many. Hopefully, all who plan for summer fun experience just that! Let’s respect the potential dangers of the neighborhood or family pool this year and finish the summer with smiles on our faces and our loved ones in our arms!
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts
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