The summer is officially here in the United States and just about everyone is thinking about hitting up the pool, either their own, a friend’s, or in a public space. What everyone also needs to think about is swimming pool safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 10 Americans will fatally drown in swimming pools or other non-boating related water sources. 20% of drowning victims are children under the age of 14. For every young child who loses their life due to unintentional drowning, another five will require emergency medical attention with a high chance of hospitalization and permanent brain damage.
What is Causing Swimming Pool Accidents?
While some peoples’ medical conditions, such as seizure disorders, put them at risk of drowning in swimming pools, most fatal accidents are linked to someone’s negligence. With this in mind, the vast majority of drownings that occur in swimming pools should be entirely preventable with more care and caution.
Risk factors that increase the chance of someone drowning include:
- Not a strong swimmer: If someone reports that they cannot swim, they should not be permitted into a swimming pool alone. Until someone is comfortable with their own swimming abilities, they should wear life jackets and floatation devices designed for safety (not toys).
- No barriers: All swimming pools on private properties should be entirely fenced off – all four sides – to prevent children from stumbling into the water.
- No supervision: Buddy systems save lives. Everyone should be paired with someone else whenever they swim, regardless of their experience in the water.
- Intoxication: About 70% of adolescents and adults who drown in a water-recreation setting are intoxicated at the time. Alcohol use severely inhibits a person’s coordination, exacerbated after extended sessions under the sun.
Two Swimming Pool Safety Tips You Should Know
There are a great deal of swimming pool safety tips and most people know most of them; for example, being a strong swimmer reduces your risk of drowning, and you should never run alongside a pool. But there are two tips the CDC wants everyone to know that many of us had not considered before.
- Learn CPR: The American Red Cross frequently offers completely free training courses on how to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Look up the nearest course near you and attend it. You will not regret the lifesaving knowledge you gain. You should also bring at least one friend or family member with you in case you have a swimming pool accident.
- Clear the deck of toys: With a high number of swimming pool drownings involving young children, you must not keep any toys near the pool or on the deck. Children may feel inclined to retrieve the toy and trip into the water when no one is around. Taking a minute to put toys back inside the house or far away from the pool is easy to do and effective.
What Can Be Done After a Swimming Pool Accident?
Losing a loved one in an unintentional drowning incident at a swimming pool is devastating. You may be understandably at a loss of what to do next. At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., our Worcester personal injury lawyers want you to know that we are here to help you through this difficult time by assisting and managing your wrongful death claim. If anyone’s negligence can be linked to the drowning of your loved one, they should be held accountable for any damages, including your own loss of companionship.
Call 508.443.4864 today to request a free case evaluation to begin.