Child drownings are on the rise across the country, according to a study released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in early June. From 2014 to 2016, there were 363 pool or spa-related deaths in children under the age of 15. In 2016, that number increased to 389 fatalities. June was the month that saw the most child drownings, and 72 percent of all fatal incidents occurred at residential dwellings.
These drowning statistics indicate the great need for parents and property owners to become even more vigilant in order to prevent fatalities in the future.
Pool Safety Tips
The government site Pool Safely has simple steps for parents and caregivers to ensure pool safety at all times.
Install a Four-Sided Fence
All pool and spa areas should be enclosed by a four-sided fence. That fence should also have a self-closing and self-latching gate. This will help keep children out when there is no supervision nearby. Self-closing and self-latching gates keep children safe even when someone has forgotten to close the gate behind them when entering or exiting the pool area.
Designate a Water Watcher
Water Watchers are adults who know how to swim and can supervise children while they are in the water. It’s important that a Water Watcher only supervises children. They should not read, text, or remain on their phone for any period of time while supervising the children. However, they should have a phone nearby so they can call for help, if needed. Even when lifeguards are on duty, a parent or adult should always act as a Water Watcher for children under their supervision.
Teach Everyone How to Swim
The best way to prevent injuries and drownings in pools is to teach everyone how to swim. Adults and children alike should take swimming lessons to ensure they can enjoy the water safely.
When a person in a pool is in trouble, bystanders are often the first to help. As such, it’s important that Water Watchers and everyone else involved in supervising children should know how to perform CPR. These classes are held throughout the country in hospitals and community centers and are usually sponsored by the American Red Cross. The seconds after an accident are crucial. Knowing how to perform CPR on adults and children could save a person’s life.
Keep Children Away from Pool Drains, Pipes, and Other Openings
When there is an opening in a pool, that opening is often using a suction motion to help filter the water in the pool. It’s easy for a child’s small limbs or hair to become sucked into pool drains, pipes, and other openings. When that happens, the child becomes trapped underwater and can drown in minutes. It’s important to warn children of these dangers and tell them to stay away from these openings. It’s also important that parents and caregivers ensure their pool or any pool they or their children use has proper drain coverings that can also prevent these accidents.
Contact an Experienced Houston Swimming Pool Accident Attorney Today
If you or your child has been injured in a swimming pool, or you’ve lost someone due to a swimming pool accident, you could be entitled to compensation for the loss. Pool owners are responsible for ensuring their property is safe at all times, and that children cannot enter it without proper supervision. When they fail to meet these responsibilities, injured parties can hold them liable. A Texas swimming pool accident attorney can help.
At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, we understand the tragedy of swimming pool accidents. As your family tries to move forward after an accident, we will fight for the full compensation you deserve. Contact us for your free consultation to learn more about how we can help.