Drowning accidents increase in frequency during summer holidays. Between Memorial Day weekend and the first week of June, four people died in drowning accidents in the Houston area. The problem isn’t just in Houston and is widespread throughout Texas. In fact, Texas has the most drowning accidents out of any other state in the nation. In 2019, the state has had at least 40 children die in drowning accidents.
There were four drowning accidents over Fourth of July weekend. The ages of these victims ranged from young children to 42-year-old men, showing that no one is immune to the unexpected and devastating tragedy of drowning.
How to Prevent Accidents During Holidays
Homeowners can take simple steps to prevent drowning accidents in their backyard during holidays. Paying attention to two age groups, children and adults, can help someone ensure that their holiday event remains safe and fun.
Protecting Children from Drowning During Holidays
The first and most crucial step to protecting children is ensuring that a pool has at least one person on duty who watches all child activity in the pool. Contrary to what the movies depict, people who are drowning are often silent and easy to miss—especially during a busy backyard party. Instead of screaming, drowning victims put all their energy into catching a breath, so you can't trust that you'd "hear" your kids drowning. Having a designated pool watcher helps ensure that even a silent drowning is noticed. To make watching a pool easier, arrange supervision shifts between different people. Even if a watcher needs to leave the pool area for less than a minute, they need to find someone to take over their responsibilities.
Additionally, all children who are unable to swim should wear flotation devices at all times they have access to water. Many holiday drowning accidents occur after meals, when adults remove flotation devices for the children's comfort while eating. If possible, encourage children to keep wearing flotation devices while eating. However, if they insist on removing them, ensure that access to the pool is completely restricted until every child is wearing their flotation device once again.
Protecting Adults from Drowning During Holidays
Believing that adults are immune to drowning accidents is a dangerous assumption. Three out of four of those who drowned over the Fourth of July weekend were 17 or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol use is a factor in up to 70 percent of adult drownings. Alcohol makes a person unable to properly balance, decreases coordination needed to swim, and impairs a person’s judgment to make safe decisions. If it is sunny out, the effects of alcohol can be more severe.
Other Factors Which Influence All Drownings
Whether a person is a child or an adult, there are several factors which affect all swimmers. These factors might vary slightly from person to person but are essential to remember around the pool.
These factors include the following:
- Swimming ability: Whether a person is a strong swimmer or just learning to keep their head above water, many drowning accidents are caused by too much confidence.
- Lack of barriers: As noted above, pools should have limited access, which can keep individuals of all ages out of their area when needed.
- Lack of close supervision: Drowning happens quickly, so it’s best if a person ensures that they never swim alone.
- Location: Drowning happens for different age groups in different settings. For example, the most common drowning accident location for children one to four is private pools.
- Seizure disorders: Drowning is the most common cause of unintentional injury or death for those prone to having seizures.
Help Is Available from a Drowning Accident Lawyer
Drowning accidents shatter lives, which is why our firm is committed to holding those at fault for drowning accidents accountable. Over the years, we’ve helped our clients win billions of dollars after the unthinkable has happened to them. We fight to help our clients recover what they need to move forward, and we never accept less than a client deserves. While nothing can change what happened to you and your family, we may be able to help you recover your losses and rebuild your lives.
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