Now that it’s the summertime, a lot more recreational activities
involve swimming pools, water parks, community pools, waterslides, boating,
jet skis, and anything else that has to do with water. Unfortunately,
every summer we see an uptick in
drowning accidents, almost all of which are entirely preventable.
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional
drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States –
about ten deaths per a day.” The CDC goes on to say, “About
one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.”
That’s very unsettling, especially if you’re a parent who
is concerned for your child’s safety around water.
So, what can you do to prevent a child from drowning? Read on to learn
how to prevent a drowning accident:
- If you have small children, enroll them in swimming lessons.
- If you’re a good swimmer, you can teach your children how to swim
- Always supervise children around water, especially when they are young.
This includes buckets of water (infants and toddlers), wading pools, and
bathtubs. It only takes a few inches of water for a small child to drown.
- Don’t leave children unsupervised while they swim in your pool. If
you run into the house to take call or do the dishes, it may be long enough
for a child to drown under your watch.
- If you have a backyard pool, fence it off with a four-sided isolation fence
with self-closing gates.
If your children are around a natural body of water, such as a river or lake,
insist upon them wearing a lifejacket.
- Don’t rely on lifeguards. Often, lifeguards are teenagers who simply
may have too much on their plate to notice every single child in the pool.
If your child is swimming at a pool with lifeguards, you can’t get
too comfortable and stop watching them.
- When children are in your pool, supervise them closely and avoid engaging
in distracting activities. For example, don’t read a book, take
a nap while sunbathing, text on the phone, or drink alcohol while watching
them swim. Many times, children have drowned when their parents took their
eyes off them for a couple of minutes.
If you need a
Kennesaw personal injury attorney to handle a drowning accident claim,
contact our office to set up a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team.