Prevent a Pool or Drowning Accident
Summer is all about fun in the sun, and whether you’re a kid or an adult, the swimming pool can be a great place to spend it. However, pool activities can easily turn dangerous in an instant. Seconds matter in a drowning accident and it’s important for you to know how to prevent one.
Not-So-Childproof Pool Ladder
Recently, a video of a toddler scaling a “childproof” pool ladder went viral, causing some parents to worry whether their pools were actually kid safe. Keith Wyman of Attleboro, Massachusetts filmed his two-year-old son, Cody, climbing their backyard pool’s supposedly childproof ladder with ease. Watch below:
“It was scary because everything happened so fast,” said Wyman.
He told ABC News that Cody was just four feet away at the time.
Pool Drowning Statistics:
- In the U.S., unintentional drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children 14 and under, with risk being especially high for children 1-4 years old.
- Most child drowning accidents occur in home swimming pools.
- In the summer of 2016, 205 children under 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas, and almost 70 percent of those children were younger than five.
- Approximately 1 out of every 5 drowning victims in the U.S. are children.
- Even near-drowning incidents may cause serious brain damage and result in permanent disabilities.
- Drowning is a silent killer – a child that is really drowning cannot yell for help.
It Isn’t Just Pools
Spas, bathtubs, toilets, and any containers of water large enough for a small child to fit into can be drowning hazards.
Swimming Pool Safety
So, what can you do to prevent a drowning accident or potential lawsuit? If you own a swimming pool on your property, here are some tips to make it safe for everyone:
Keep Pool Maintenance Up-To-Date
A safe swimming pool is one that has had any problems fixed and double-checked, especially repairs involving wiring. Pool electrocutions are more common than you might think. Knowing where all switches and circuit breakers are for your pool can be crucial in case of emergency. Make sure drains are properly covered and that there are no leaks that could cause unwanted suction.
Children Need Adult Supervision at All Times
This tip is pretty self-explanatory. The risk of drowning for young children is too high to ignore, and it is up to adults to be alert and proactive to prevent a drowning accident. If your child is going to be in or near a swimming pool, keep an eye on them at all times, and do not rely on other children or lifeguards to watch them. It can take just 20 seconds for a child to drown.
Child-Proof Your Pool When Not in Use
It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure all latches and fences are working properly, and always double-check to make sure gates are closed. Just like the ladder in the video, not every child-proof product really works! It is important to test everything first.
Have Floatation Devices On Hand
Keep life-saving floatation devices nearby in case of emergency, and do make sure that they are labeled safe to use for that purpose. Many inflatable toys have a warning label saying they should not be used as an emergency floatation device.
Beware of Shallow Water
The deep end isn’t always scariest. Keep children and adults alike from diving or sliding headfirst into shallow water to prevent serious head injuries or drowning.
Prevent Slipping and Falling
Not all accidents occur in the pool, and it is common for children to slip and fall around the pool, resulting in broken bones or head injuries. It’s a good idea to have a “no running” sign and really enforce that rule. Rubber non-slip mats around the pool are also a safe bet.
Contact Jones Brown Law
If you, your child or someone you know has been involved in a swimming pool or drowning accident, the law offices of Jones Brown Law are here to assist you. Whether injury or wrongful death is involved, our experienced attorneys will fight for your case. Contact Jones Brown Law HERE.