According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Accidental drownings cause more than 3,500 fatalities each year in the United States, and non-fatal drowning accidents can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disembowelment, spinal cord trauma, brain damage, and broken bones. Our firm wants you to be informed of ways to increase your safety while at the pool this summer.
Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy a fun and safe time at the pool:
- Supervise your children. Adult supervision is essential to keep your kids safe at the pool. Drowning accidents can occur quickly, and your child may suffer serious injuries or death within minutes. Even if a lifeguard is posted, you still need to keep an eye on your children to ensure they are safe. For children under the age of 4, it is recommended that you stay within arms’ reach at all times.
- Give your kids formal swimming lessons. Formal swimming lessons can help your children be more comfortable in the water. They will learn practical skills, such as treading water and dog paddling, which will allow them to have greater independence. However, it is important to remember that swimming lessons will not make your kid drown-proof. You still need to provide constant supervision at all times while in the water.
- Don’t trust pool toys for safety. Many floating mattresses, noodles, and other types of pool toys may seem safe. However, children may slip off or lose their grip on the toys, which could result in a drowning accident. It is important to use certified life jackets and other safety devices to keep your children safe at the pool.
- Practice common sense around the pool area. Running around the pool increases your risk of slipping on wet cement. Instead, you should walk around the pool area, and avoid diving unless in a designated location. It is also important to swim where there is a lifeguard posted, if possible.
- Use the buddy system. Swimming alone is dangerous. If there is an emergency or you are injured, having someone else to get help is important. That is why you need to use the buddy system whenever you go swimming, and teach your kids to use the buddy system as well. This can help increase your safety at the pool this summer.
If You Have Been Wrongfully Injured, Mitchell & West LLC Is Here to Help.
At Mitchell & West LLC, we are passionate about holding negligent or reckless individuals accountable. Whatever your situation, we will use effective legal strategies and diligent preparation to build your case. Our Miami personal injury attorneys have years of experience, and will guide you through the process. If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in a swimming pool accident because of someone else’s negligence, we will help you file a claim to seek justice.
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