When temperatures climb and the humidity is high, many people turn to pools to cool off, exercise, and enjoy time with family and friends. Although time by the pool can be a wonderful way to enjoy the summer months, it is important to keep in mind measures you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming-related illnesses are “diseases that people can get from the water in which they swim and play – like swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, splash pads, or oceans, lakes, and rivers – if the water is contaminated with germs.”
The most common symptoms of swimming-related illnesses are eye pain, diarrhea, skin rashes, ear pain, and cough or congestion. People develop these illnesses by swallowing, having contact with, or breathing in mists or aerosols from water contaminated with germs. They can also be caused by coming into contact with chemicals in water or that evaporate from the water and turn into gas in the air.
The CDC advises that people take the following steps to prevent the spread of swimming-related illnesses:
Sadly, the CDC reports that drowning is the leading cause of death by unintentional injury in kids ages 1 through 4 years in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of death by unintentional injury of children ages 0 through 17 years. Nevertheless, these tragedies are preventable and steps can be taken to avoid them.
The CDC recommends that people take the following measures to prevent drowning in pools:
If you or your child were injured or you lost a loved one in a pool-related accident, you should speak with a lawyer right away. Contact the experienced lawyers at Berkowitz and Hanna, LLC if you have questions about your legal rights following a pool-related accident in Connecticut. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call or contact us online today.