There is no doubt that a pool can be a dangerous place if not supervised, but did you know that an empty pool can pose even more of a danger than a full one? Having worked in and around many a full and empty pool over the years, and while we did exercise caution around an empty pool, it never really occurred to us just how seriously dangerous an empty pool can in fact be!
Look at the picture above and try get a sense for just how far this child could fall if he was to accidentally lose his balance. It's actually quite shocking when you think about it. It is no different to standing on the roof of a house. Would you be less cautious on a roof than on the edge of a pool? The answer should be an emphatic, NO! There is no difference!
Sadly, we learnt this lesson the shocking way during a pool renovation a few years ago. Our dear client had an elderly husband who had recently suffered a mild stroke and as such was not as steady on his feet as he otherwise would have been. We had just completed a beautiful marbelite renovation and had left for the day after giving the client instructions to begin filling in the evening and mentioning, as we always did, to exercise caution around the pool. What we failed to do was reiterate and emphasize and stress again the extent of the caution needed around the empty pool. We received the excruciating news the next morning that her husband had, for some reason, gone out to the pool, and according to our client, suffered another stroke and fallen, head first, into the deep end of the empty pool. He passed away from severe head trauma that night. While we cleaned the stain of his blood from the new marbelite, we were struck by just how senseless his death was and how easily it could have been prevented.
While we can't turn back the clock, we can go forward and make sure this scenario never has to happen again. We are making it our mission to raise awareness and educate the public on this topic.
So please, remember that an empty pool is as dangerous, if not more so, than a filled pool!
NEVER leave children, elderly people or pets unattended around an empty pool (a full pool goes without saying). A fall into an empty pool could be and has been fatal!
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