As we discussed before, pool safety can save lives during these hot summer months. With thousands still flocking to the relief of a cool pool on a sweltering day, there are some key advancements that we may hopefully see Orlando waterparks and public pools continue to adopt in order to safeguard their guests for summers to come.
Constructed with the backing of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) seeks to be the new standard for public pool, hot tub and waterpark safety. According to the CDC, these guidelines can be used by government agencies to protect the general public from:
- Drowning: A major risk for children between the ages of 1-14, this is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for the age bracket, second only to automobile accidents. The MAHC details lifeguard standards to help reduce this risk.
- Outbreaks: Due to the sheer volume of potential exposure to disease, a single pool can cause illness in thousands. Secondary disinfection systems are detailed and recommended by the MAHC guidelines.
- Chemical Injury: Chemicals used in pool maintenance can be extremely dangerous if not monitored correctly. Policy and management is yet another focus within the MAHC guideline to prevent such accidents.
It is important to mention that the MAHC is not law unless adopted by a government agency as such. As it was just release in the summer of 2014, hopefully these more comprehensive and science-based guidelines will be adopted universally, saving lives in the process. We love our Orlando waterparks, but we also respect the dangers inherent with these attractions.
In the unfortunate case that you, a friend or loved one is injured due to the negligence of an Orlando waterpark, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.