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Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

The Most Frequent Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

Everybody likes to go for a swim on a hot day. Unfortunately, a casual swim can too often lead to serious or catastrophic injury. Statistics show that, every day, an average of 9 people drown in swimming pool accidents in the United States. In fact, accidental drowning is the leading cause of death among children under the age of four. This blog looks at the most common causes of swimming pool accidents.

Failure to Provide Proper Supervision

Without a doubt, the single most frequent cause of swimming pool accidents is lack of supervision, particularly in private homes. Too often, parents will allow young children access to a backyard pool without monitoring their activity. But the risk also applies to teens and adults. Many serious injuries and deaths among teens and adults in pools involve people swimming alone. Studies show that it can take less than five minutes for a person to drown in a swimming pool.

Failure to Erect or Maintain Appropriate Fencing or Other Barriers

A swimming pool is typically referred to as an “attractive nuisance” under the law, something that draws the attention of young children, but can be deadly. Most states have laws requiring barriers to access to a swimming pool, but many property owners either fail to erect barriers, or let them fall into disrepair.

Dangerous or Defective Equipment at a Pool

Broken diving boards or ladders have been the cause of many pool accidents. In addition, there can be problems with drains or other water filtration devices that can trap swimmers under water. Broken tiles around a pool can lead to injury as well.

Electricity in Proximity to the Pool

A frequent cause of injury (including death) around a pool, one that is not often considered, is exposure to electrical current. Swimmers may bring stereos or other electrical devices too close to a pool. Unfortunately, water is a great conductor of electricity.

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