Summer Swimming Safety: How To Avoid Potential Dangers
Summer is heating up, which means more and more families will be cooling down in pools across the nation.
Before you jump in the water to cool off, it’s extremely important to first ensure your pool is a safe environment for swimmers of all ages.
Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old. Children 1 – 4 years old are more likely to drown in a pool.
According to the American Red Cross, 200 children die every summer from backyard swimming pool accidents. In an effort to put an end to these tragedies, adults should remember the following swimming pool safety tips:
Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access when pool is not in use.
Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool.
Keep children under active supervision at all times. Stay in arm’s reach of young kids.
Designate a responsible person to watch the water when people are in the pool—never allow anyone to swim alone
Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
Check the water depth. You don’t want to get hurt diving into water that’s too shallow.
Never leave the pool cover partially on when kids are swimming, because they might become trapped under it.
If the worst were to happen, it’s also important to be prepared. As a parent you should learn proper CPR techniques and keep rescue equipment by the pool.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
If you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident, it is important to contact a drowning lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm to assist you with your legal case.
If safety standards have not been followed, others may be at risk, and the legal action that you take could bring about change and save future lives. The claim for damages, when successful, can also provide your family with the ability to move forward without financial stress, and to pay for the costs associated with the loss of a family member.
- Written by Jill Fowler