School’s out for summer… and that means many of us will be spending more time supervising kids while they swim.
What’s more exciting than getting into the pool? Most kids, against their parent’s continual warnings, love running into and around the pool and never think about the associated risk. Decks become very slippery from the pool water. Pools are an obvious risk, but the pool itself is not the only danger to your family this summer.
Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury both at work and at home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.5 million non-fatal falls were treated in emergency departments in 2013.
And while many workplaces take steps to prevent slips, trips and falls, there are far fewer protections at home where they’re needed most—like around the pool. From 2005-2009 there was an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning deaths, many of them resulting from a slip or fall.
Fortunately, an online presentation will discuss how to prevent slips, trips and falls everywhere. “Balancing Act: Addressing the Physical Causes and Human Factors in Slips, Trips and Falls” will cover how human factors cause slips, trips and falls at work and at home—and what you can do to keep your loved ones safe whether they’re on the job or at the pool.
When around a pool always have your eyes and mind on the task, especially keeping a close eye on anyone who is swimming; drowning is a quick and often silent occurrence. It is easy to become complacent and think that you can have some “me” time while the kids are swimming, but it’s important to keep a close eye on young children near the water as they’re always at risk of slipping on wet surfaces, and hitting their head or tumbling into the water when they fall.