Pool parties are a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather. Adding a diving board or pool slide increases the fun. However, there is always a risk of injury when using these types of equipment. Follow a few safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when diving or using pool slides this summer.
First, make sure the diving board or pool slide is installed properly. Neither a board nor a slide should shift or wobble when you climb on it. Inspect your diving board or pool slide regularly to make sure it has not formed any cracks and there is no loose or rusted hardware. If you find cracks, loose hardware, or rust, do not use the diving board or pool slide and do not let anyone else use them until they are fixed.
Second, never use a diving board or pool slide while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and do not let anyone else use them if they are intoxicated.
Third, make sure that diving boards and pool slides are installed with their ends away from the pool edges and over a body of water deep enough to prevent injury. Teach children and other pool guests not to go underneath a diving board or pool slide, in case someone using the pool or slide falls on them.
Finally, always use diving boards and pool slides the way they are intended. This means allowing only one person at a time on the board or slide, using the slide feet first, and walking to the edge of the diving board before diving in. Running on a diving board or sliding down a slide head first may result in head and neck injuries, including unconsciousness. If you fall into a pool while unconscious, you may drown.
If you are injured while using an unsafe diving board or pool slide, you may be entitled to compensation, including payment of medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The experienced Pennsylvania diving and swimming pool accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help you understand your rights and make the best decision for you and your family. Call Anapol Weiss today at 866-735-2792 for a free and confidential consultation.