Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, pool season is officially here. Nothing beats cooling off in the water, but the pool can be a dangerous place, especially for children. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin suggest you educate yourself on drowning risks in order to keep your family safe this summer.
According to newly released statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average 390 children under the age of 15 drown in pools and spas each year. Seventy-five percent of those fatalities are children under the age of five.
Perhaps surprisingly, danger is often the worst close to home—the majority of drowning incidents occur in backyard pools. Since this is the case, the American Red Cross advises parents watch their children with a lifeguard’s eyes. If someone is in distress in your pool, don’t jump in and put yourself in danger, too.
Instead, the Red Cross suggests: If you see someone in distress, shout for help and get the attention of others, then reach or throw the individual a rescue or flotation device, call 911 if needed and give immediate care to the victim if needed.
The Red Cross also recommends that all parents familiarize themselves with CPR, and make sure that the whole family is comfortable in the water. Inez Tenenbaum of the CPSC says, “If you’re from a family where the adults have never learned to swim, make it a family affair. Go take swimming lessons this summer. You’ll have a lot of fun learning to swim.”