Many People enjoy swimming and don’t think of the dangers of drowning. Everyday in the United States nine people drown. The statistics are quite alarming, especially for parents with young children. Realizing the risks and potential dangers can go a long way in preventing pool accidents. See NBC Today Show on Pool Drownings On Rise
- Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children 1-14 years of age.
- Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children 1-4 years of age.
- Among children 1-4 years old, monst drowning occur in residential swimming pools.
- Nineteen percent of child drowning fatalities take place in public pools with certified lifeguards on duty.
- In nine out of ten child drowning deaths, a parent or caregiver claimed to be watching the child.
At the law firm of Brannon & Brannon we help hundreds of accident victims every year, and we know the importance of injury prevention. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of safety tips to help avoid swimming pool accidents.
Hanging out by the swimming pool can be one of the most enjoyable parts of summer. Follow these tips to help make sure your summer is a happy and healthy one for you and your family.
POOL SAFETY TIPS
- Never leave children around water (even if they know how to swim, and regardless of whether or not you are at a public or private pool).
- Install a phone by the pool or keep a cordless phone nearby so that you can immediately call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.
- Learn CPR and post instructions and numbers for local emergency agencies near the pool.
- Enclose the pool on all sides with a self-locking gate, and keep all furniture away from fence so children cannot climb over the fence.
- Keep toys away from the pool when you’re not using the it. Toys can attract children to the water.
- Pool covers should be completely removed before using the pool, and put back on and secured correctly when not in use.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first, every second count in drowning.
- Avoid horseplay and running near pool areas.
- Never dive into a swimming pool where you don’t know the depth.
- Follow all rules posted at public pools and only swim when a lifeguard is on duty.
You can find many more safety tips online as well as devices to help make your residential pool a safe zone for your children. If you, or your child, suffered injuries due to a swimming pool accident, you may have a valid claim. Get answers to your questions and learn you legal rights with a free consultation from the attorneys at Brannon & Brannon.