As one of the leading group of San Diego personal injury lawyers, we understand the importance of summertime safety. With more than 10-million residential swimming pools across the country, and another 310,000 public pools – swimming pool accidents are inevitable. Unfortunately, some can be fatal. Every day, roughly ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children under the age of 15. In fact, officials say drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the nation.
While swimming is great for exercise and a wonderfully refreshing summer activity, adults need to be mindful when children are around. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.” For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and free from distractions. The supervising adult must know how to swim.
Here are some simple safety tips to lessen the risk of having a San Diego swimming pool accident:
-Make sure everyone can swim. Enroll your youngest family members into swim classes. They’re affordable, they work and they can save lives.
-Protect your pool and protect children with a four-sided pool fence. Make sure this fence is equipped with child-proof locks. You don’t want your little ones venturing near the pool when you’re not around to supervise.
-You should clear the water and pool deck of toys and floatation devices when the pool is not in use. You don’t want kids’ attention to be attracted to the pool when you’re not near.
-Learn CPR. Having these lifesaving skills can mean the difference between life and death while waiting for paramedics and emergency personnel to arrive.
-Always keep a phone with you. Whether it’s a house phone or a cell phone, you always want to have one within reach while attending your pool, just in case an accident happens.
Have a wonderful and safe summer!
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