"A day at the pool" is a welcome idea during the hot summer months. Follow some simple guidelines to help keep your family safe while at community swimming pools at neighborhood centers or fitness clubs. By following these suggestions, you can minimize the risks to your children from malfunctioning pool equipment, untrained lifeguards and dangerous horseplay.
The Law Offices of Mallon & Tranger offers these suggestions as a service to our community. We hope you never need our personal injury lawsuit services due to a pool-related injury or near-drowning. If you or a loved one is injured in a New Jersey community pool accident, however, please contact us for strong representation. To schedule a private meeting, contact us online or call us at (732) 410-6094). Your first consultation is free.
Shrug off any worry that you are being a bother to the management of the community pool, and ask these questions. Other parents will be glad you did.
- What training to the lifeguards have?
- How many lifeguards are on duty at a time? Does it vary based on the number of people in the pool?
- Where is the emergency phone?
- Where are the safety rules posted for guests to read?
- When was the last time the pool was inspected for compliance with federal and state safety regulations?
- Does the pool use the new safety drain covers required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?
- Where do you keep the life-saving equipment like life rings and poles? Is there a sufficient supply, in close proximity to the lifeguards?
- Are your lifeguards trained and certified in CPR?
Here are some additional questions to ask yourself and your family, so that you can take responsibility for your safety at community pools:
- Do you have a firm grasp on your children's swimming skill levels?
- Have you all taken a water safety course?
- Do you have a check-in plan with older kids, so they know to come visit with you on a regular basis during the day?
Learn more at the U.S. government's pool safety website.
If you have questions about your rights after a New Jersey community swimming pool accident, contact Mallon & Tranger for a free consultation.