During the summer, community pools can attract thousands of people every day. These patrons will likely range from the very young to the very old, and the slippery surfaces around pools can make for a dangerous situation with so many people around.
Effective pool management means having a variety of solutions in place to prevent injuries as the crowds begin to grow. While keeping the water clean and adjusting for pH and other chemicals should be at the top of every pool manager’s list, it’s also important to place the right equipment in and around the pool to keep patrons out of harm’s way.
Place padding in dangerous areas
Slips and falls happen all the time at pools because nearly every surface is slippery. Add in large crowds and energetic children, and pools may suddenly become a source for accidental injuries. The majority of injuries may not even occur in the pool, as ladders and slides may be the most likely place patrons fall and injure themselves.
Placing padding in these areas can reduce the risk of injury among swimmers. Climbing out of a pool onto a slippery surface may be too much for older patrons, and young children may rush as they’re getting out of the water. If a patron happens to fall out of a slide, protective padding can cushion the fall.
Cover all drains
Proper drainage keeps water clear and free of contaminants. Depending on the size of the pool, there may be several high-powered drains throughout the facility. When large crowds pack into the water, it’s important to cover these openings so nobody gets injured.
Drain covers that block fingers and toes but allow a steady flow of water through can help keep your patrons focused on having fun in the water. Otherwise, pool managers may be faced with injuries to curious children or complacent adults.
Post clear signage
Most adults know that running around a pool can be dangerous, but small children are likely to forget this when they’re about to jump into a pool. Post signs of not only basic safety tips like “No running” or “No rough play,” but also ones that cover all rules related to specific pools.
For example, some pools may be too shallow to dive into at either end, while others have a deeper section. Swimmers should be able to see all the pool rules without having to leave the water.