With the temperatures going up, there are more people who are choosing to spend time at the pool to cool off. While poolside relaxation can be great for cooling off and destressing, it can also become a nightmare quickly. According to information from the World Health Organization, drowning is the top cause of unintentional death in the entire world. In fact, approximately 372,000 people drown each year. The good news is, there are steps you can take to help keep you and your children safe while at the pool.
Watch Your Children at all Times
Approximately 76 percent of all drowning deaths in the U.S. involve children under the age of five years old. An additional 67 percent of deaths involve children who are under the age of three. Even pools that are portable can be dangerous to children who are not capable of swimming or who can’t hold their heads out of the water. Younger children are at a higher risk of drowning than other groups of children because they have not learned to swim, having perfected swimming, are too little to know what is dangerous and because they become distracted easily.
Due to the factors above, it is imperative that parents watch their children at all times. This is true for community pools where there is a lifeguard, as well. This represents one of the best ways to prevent drowning accidents.
Enroll in Swimming Lessons
According to information from a survey that was conducted in 2014, only 56 percent of Americans could do all five of the core swimming skills, which include:
- Exiting the water
- Swimming 25 yards
- Circling around and finding an exit
- Getting to the surface to tread water or float for 60 seconds
- Stepping or jumping into water over their head
Put Up Barriers
If you own a pool, you can reduce the likelihood of a serious accident that involves your pool if you put up a fence. A four sided fence around your pool will minimize the risk of someone drowning in the water by as much as 80 percent compared to pools that are only protected by a three sided fence. Keep in mind, if someone drowns in your pool because it was not properly protected, you could be held liable for the injury/death that occurs.
Why Hire an Attorney?
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of a drowning accident, you may have the right to file a lawsuit. If this happens, it is a good idea to hire an attorney. They will be able to review the facts of your case to determine what you should do. Don’t wait to call a lawyer because there is a statute of limitations related to these accidents that, when it passes, you won’t have the ability to recover compensation.