As a parent, you know that pool safety is important, but it’s always good to get a refresher. As the weather is warming up and it’s Water Safety Month, it’s a great time to review water safety strategies for parents of young children.
The CDC reports that drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. About one in five individuals who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who drowns, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal injuries related to submersion. Nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that could result in long-term disabilities such as learning problems, memory problems, and permanent loss of basic functioning.
Water Safety Tips
The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance has created some excellent resources on the subject of water safety. The organization emphasizes that there is no substitute for adult supervision. Never leave a child alone (or out of eyesight) in or near a pool, spa, or hot tub. Limit access with locked doors or gates whenever swimming cannot be supervised.
Regularly inspect your pool or hot tub to make sure that it is functioning properly. If a suction outlet fitting is missing, broken, or loose, do not allow swimming until it is repaired. Never allow children to play or swim near drains, as bodies or hair may become trapped. Keep non-water toys like tricycles away from the pool or hot tub. A child playing with moving toy near the pool could accidentally fall into the water.
Don’t allow your children to play games that involve holding their breath underwater for an extended period. No one of any age should be allowed to enter the pool or hot tub without a “spotter” nearby. Emphasizing these guidelines sets a good example of safety behavior for your children.
If you cover your pool or spa, carefully follow the manufacturer’s directions for safe installation, use, and maintenance. Make sure to always completely remove the cover before anyone enters the water.
If you or a loved one has been injured while swimming, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.