Tips For Preventing Swimming Accidents
During the summer months, most children spend a significant amount of time playing in pools, hot tubs and lakes. If your child is using your swimming pool or a neighbor’s pool this summer, be aware that the majority of pool-related deaths involve children in the home.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children below the age of five account for more than 35 percent of all swimming pool and spa-related deaths in the United States.
The report also reveals that 70 percent of all pool and spa submersion-related injuries in the country involve children below the age of 15 years.
The following steps can help prevent your child from drowning:
- It is vital to start your child in swim lessons as soon as your child is ready. If possible, you should start a swim course while your child is still an infant.
- Before you let your child swim, make sure you are familiar with the water. For example, it is important to know if there is a risk of hypothermia, scalding temperatures, undertow current, a swift current or other factor that can be a contributor to drowning.
- If your child is swimming in a lake or pond, they should always wear a life jacket.
- If you own a swimming pool, maintain a locked fence around it.
- Supervise, supervise, and supervise! Having an adult closely watch swimming children is the most important factor in keeping them safe. Drowning is often referred to as “silent death” because the victim cannot scream or yell for help, so nothing can compare to keeping a watchful eye your kids.
It is important to remember how essential swimming safety is in protecting our children. The above steps can help keep your children safe, so they can have fun this summer. However, if your child is involved in a swimming-related accident, the premises liability lawyers at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC are fully-equipped to help.