More than 1,700 spinal cord injuries result from diving accidents every year. The majority of pool-related spinal cord injuries result in paralysis of all four limbs.
Here are some tips that can help prevent injuries in a private pool.
- Educate guests about the pool, such as depth markings, lighting, diving board location, surface, and time for use.
- Set enforceable hours for pool use and secure it with fencing to keep people out during inappropriate hours.
- Do not allow guests to swim alone or to consume alcohol or drugs while swimming.
- When the pool is in use, always have someone present who is trained in water safety and life-saving techniques.
Many spinal cord injuries that occur can be prevented! Use this checklist to make sure your pool is safe.
- Are there depth indicators clearly visible around the pool?
- Is the pool and surrounding area well-lighted during its use?
- Do you serve or allow alcohol to be consumed by guests?
- Do you enforce set hours for pool use?
- Is your pool secured with fencing to keep people out during inappropriate hours?
- Does your pool have a designated diving area?
- Do you have a lifeguard or someone trained in water safety at your pool?
Source: National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, 2010 Annual Report for the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems