Unintentional summer drownings claim an average of 10 lives per day across the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over half these deaths involve children under 14 years of age, making accidental drowning the number two cause of death in this age group after motor vehicle accidents.
Here are some ways to help prevent accidental drowning:
- Supervise children at all times when they are on or near the water. At least one adult who can swim should have their eye on those in the water at all times.
- Put a barrier around all four sides of the pool or hot tub. According to the CDC, a fence that completely encircles the pool area is 83% more effective in preventing accidental drownings than a fence that merely encloses the entire property or backyard.
- Barriers should have locks on all points of entry, such as gates and doors. Alarms on doors that lead from the house to the pool area can also help prevent accidental drownings of children who wander out of the house and toward the pool.
- Adults and children should wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times when they are on or near a boat or water area. Inflatable pool or beach toys should never be used as a substitute for a PFD.
At the law firm of Alpert Schreyer, our knowledgeable Bowie personal injury lawyers can help you investigate what happened following a drowning accident and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions so that you and your family can focus on getting well. Call us today at (844) 632-7274 for a free, confidential consultation.