July 22-29 is National “Pool Safely” week, encouraging families to stay safe when swimming in private or public swimming pools this summer, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Since Memorial Day 2012, the CPSC has received 90 reports of children under age 15 drowning in swimming pools. Another 106 children needed emergency care for drowning-related injuries, some of them severe. The majority of those killed or injured in drowning accidents this summer were children under age 5, specifically 72 percent. On average, about 390 children die nationwide each year in swimming pool or hot tub-related accidents, and another 5,200 are injured.
To help children stay safe in the pool this year, the CPSC recommends the following steps:
- Make sure children learn to swim, but don’t count on swimming skills to prevent all child drowning accidents. CPR and first aid training can help family members save one another’s lives as well.
- Post at least one adult to watch children in or near the pool at all times. This adult should not engage in other activities, but should actively watch the children and intervene when necessary to prevent dangerous behavior or accidents.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and similar openings.
- Install fences, lockable covers, and drain covers on your pool or spa. Keep floatation devices and a reaching pole handy to help distressed swimmers.
Drowning injuries or deaths can be devastating. At Alpert Schreyer, our knowledgeable Bowie injury lawyers can help you investigate what happened and get the compensation you need. For a free case evaluation, call us today at (866) 444-6363.