Going swimming is a hallmark activity of the summer season. Enjoying the cool water on a hot Florida day is fun for many people. There is one point that some people don’t think about when they are going swimming – drain entrapment. Anyone who has a swimming pool must ensure that the drain is covered with a grate that ensures safety. Failing to do so can lead to serious injuries.
There are several ways that a person can get trapped in the drain of a swimming pool. A person with long hair can get caught in a drain grate that is faulty. A person’s bottom or torso can get sucked onto the drain because of the suction of the drain. Materials from the bathing suit or jewelry can also get caught in the drain, as can limbs. In some cases, a person’s intestines or other organs might get sucked into the drain.
As you can see, all of those instances are serious. Not only can they cause harm, but they can also lead to death because the person is likely going to be fully submerged under the water and unable to breathe.
As we said previously, properly maintaining the drain is vital to ensure that nobody gets hurt because of a faulty drain. This is especially true in pools and spas that have single main drain systems and flat drain grates, as these are notoriously dangerous.
Anyone who suffers injury or loses a loved one because of a swimming pool drain accident has the right to seek compensation. Determining who should be held liable for the accident is necessary before seeking compensation.
Source: Pool Safely, “Drain Entrapments” accessed Mar. 11, 2015