Every summer, millions of families flock to swimming pools throughout the United States in order to cool down and enjoy the warm weather. Unfortunately, there are many hazards which can result in a swimming pool accident, especially when children are involved.
Keep in mind, children are not developmentally ready to learn how to swim until after their fourth birthday. So when it comes to swim programs for kids under four years old, they should not be seen as a way to reduce the risk of drowning.
To enjoy an accident-free summer season, follow these swimming pool safety tips:
- Do not leave children alone in or near the pool, ever. Adults should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
- Ensure that all gates surrounding the pool can self-close and self-latch at a height which kids can’t reach.
- Ensure adults watching young children in the pool know CPR and understand how to rescue a child, in the event of an accident.
- Do not swallow pool water and try to avoid getting any in your mouth. If you have diarrhea, do not swim. Spreading germs can make others sick, especially children.
- Keep rescue equipment (i.e. life preserver and shepherd’s hook) near the pool. Have your cellphone close to you in case you need to obtain emergency medical services.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a swimming pool accident caused by a negligent party, the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. can provide experienced and skilled legal support. Backed by years of experience, our Worcester personal injury attorney has built a reputation of efficiency and success.