Now that the weather has gotten warmer and most kids will soon be out of
school for the summer, more and more people are probably spending tons
of time at the pool. While visiting a neighborhood pool or backyard swimming
party can be a great summer activity to beat the heat, it can also be
incredibly dangerous. The leading cause of unintentional death for children
between the ages of 1 and 4 is drowning, according to a report by Safe
Kids Worldwide. Here are our top safety tips for keeping safe in the pool
Keep Only an Arm’s Length Away from Small Children at All Times
Smaller children can often have a harder time keeping their balance in
the water. Even if they’re wearing a floatation vest, if they somehow
tip forward in the water, it’s unlikely they have the strength required
to right themselves. Because these accidents can often happen quickly
and quietly, it’s always best to have a responsible adult at arm’s
length from swimming children. Not only will it keep the adult focused
on the child, but the adult can recognize a dangerous situation immediately
and fix it.
Get Swimming Lessons
Every person should get swimming lessons at some point in their lives.
If you’ve never been properly instructed on how to swim efficiently,
you and your children can both attend swimming lessons. Learning how to
swim can significantly lower the risk of drowning for anyone, especially
children over the age of 1.
Have Safety Equipment Prepared
Proper pool equipment can help save lives. Most public pools will have
a fiberglass shepherd’s crook, a life preserver, and a working phone.
A first aid kit and an automated external defibrillator might also be
required in case someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.
Keep People from Running Around the Pool
Many premises liability suits have resulted from an unnecessarily slick
surface and a slip-and-fall accident. However, falls can easily be prevented
with a little care. If you have children, make sure they understand why
they shouldn’t run around the pool. These areas are usually surrounded
by concrete, which can be slippery when wet. Even adults can make this
mistake, however. If you or your friends are having a party by the pool,
take care when traveling close to the water, where people can easily lose
their footing on the wet concrete.
Use a Sturdy Fence Around the Pool
Private pools typically have the backyard fence to keep animals and other
people out of the pool. However, homeowners with pools may not have a
fence completely surrounding just the pool, as they might not think it
necessary. Many swimming accidents and drowning incidents can happen when
a child manages to find his or her way into the backyard. If there is
no fence surrounding the water, a child can easily fall in by accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident caused by negligence,
don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled
Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys have more than 160 years of collective legal experience to offer your
case. Let us see what we can do to get you compensation for your medical
bills and lost wages.
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