Staying Safe When Swimming
From enjoying the beautiful Florida beaches to relaxing poolside, you’ll probably want to swim at least one time throughout the day. While swimming is a fun-filled recreational sport, unfortunately, swimming accidents are not uncommon — and in many cases drowning is the result. Whether you choose to swim in the pool or at the beach, here are some tips on how to stay safe.
Swimming Accident Risk Factors
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that children between the ages of 1 and 5 are more at risk of drowning in home swimming pools. However, the following can be contributing factors in a drowning or swimming accident:
- Lack of swimming skills/inability to swim
- Lack of barriers, such as pool fencing
- Lack of supervision
- Failure to wear life jackets or other swim safety equipment
- Alcohol use
Even though children have the highest drowning rates, teens and adults can still be at risk of a swimming accident if they don’t take the proper safety precautions. Read on to learn more about preventing a swimming accident.
Swimming Accident Prevention
While it’s impossible to prevent a swimming accident entirely, some things can decrease the risk. Here are some tips:
- Taking swimming lessons to learn how to swim or increase swimming skills
- Keeping safety equipment easily accessible (throwable flotation devices, emergency kits)
- Avoiding drinking alcohol
- Using the buddy system and never swim alone
It’s also critical to keep the areas around your pool obstacle-free. A cluttered pool area can cause a trip and fall accident. Remove toys and yard equipment such as hoses and rakes so you can safely maneuver around your pool.
Contact a Swimming Accident Lawyer
A swimming accident can be devastating, especially if it resulted in someone losing their life. If you or a loved one suffered a swimming accident injury due to another’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight the toughest insurance companies to protect your rights so you can receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.
Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today at (888) 499-6206 to schedule a free consultation.