Preventing Swimming Pool Accidents
Summer temperatures in Texas can soar into the triple digits. Many individuals try to beat the heat by going for a swim. Unfortunately, accidents happen when proper safety precautions are not taken. Here are some tips to ensure you and others stay safe during your time in the water.
The CDC reports that 3,500 people die each year due to drowning, about 10 deaths per day. This does not include the thousands more that are injured in swimming pool-related accidents every year.
Who Is Most At Risk?
The unbelievably sad reality is that young children are the most at risk for drowning accidents. According to the CDC, drowning accidents are the leading cause of preventable injury death for children ages 1 to 14. In addition, research from the CDC shows that African-American children are 5.5 times more likely to drown in a swimming pool than white children of the same age.
Steps You Can Take To Prevent Injuries
Whether you’re a parent or you’re supervising youngsters, there are steps you should take to ensure those in the pool stay safe:
Stay vigilant. Most drownings occur quickly and quietly. Put your phone down and make sure to keep an eye on children at all times, even if they know how to swim.
Fence it off. Ensure your pool has four walls to keep young children from accidentally falling into the water.
Have someone around who knows CPR. In case a drowning does occur, it is essential to have someone in the vicinity who knows lifesaving techniques.
Floaties are not safety devices. No one, especially children, should rely on floaties or pool toys for safety. If someone cannot swim without them, they should have an actual safety device, such as a life jacket.
Remember that property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is reasonably safe for visitors, including those using their swimming pool. Make sure to implement these key prevention tips to ensure everyone’s safety and avoid a premises liability lawsuit.
On the other hand, if you or a loved one is injured in a swimming pool accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Law Offices of Vic Feazell will work to identify negligent parties and help you pursue a personal injury case again those liable.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our firm at (512) 271-5278 to discuss your options. Everyone wants to enjoy their summer, and we hope that these prevention tips allow you and others to do that safely.