By August of 2019, 64 children died in drowning accidents throughout the state of Texas. By October, that number swelled to 87 drownings. Living in one of the hottest states in the nation, Texans have developed a love for swimming and using pools to escape the summertime heat. So, learning how to prevent accidents help reduce the amount of drowning accidents that the state has at a nation-leading rate. To combat drownings, the Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance offers nine useful tips to make a pool safer for everyone near it. These tips aren’t just useful for pools; they should be utilized around any body of water such as a bath, lake, spa, or pond.
Tip 1: Supervise Whether People Are in Water or Near It
Always have an adult designated to watch a body of water, even if people are not using it. If needed, have adults take shifts watching a pool during a party to ensure that someone is always focused on anyone who might need help. If children under the age of four are near water, use touch supervision. This type of supervision means staying within arms reach of young children.
Tip 2: Avoid Swimming Alone
Sometimes confidence can be deadly. Only swim if there are others nearby to help. Even the most confident and skilled swimmers are susceptible to accidents that can quickly turn deadly without help. If swimming in a public pool or lake, ensure that a lifeguard is on duty before getting in the water.
Tip 3: Know Medical Conditions of Swimmers
If a swimmer has a known medical condition, such as frequent seizures, always watch them and provide adequate safety gear. Those who might suddenly lose their ability swim should always have a lifejacket on in large bodies of water. Additionally, those with medical conditions might want to consider taking a shower in favor of a bath.
Tip 4: Swim Lessons Save Lives
Providing children with formal swimming lessons can help decrease their risk of drowning by 88 percent. However, never use a swimmer’s training as an excuse to decrease supervision on them. Always watch swimmers, regardless of their swimming level. Additionally, always have barriers that are child-proof even if your children can swim.
Tip 5: Use Safety Gear Approved by Coast Guard
Never rely on air-filled or foam devices as safety gear for children. These are toys and are not supposed to save lives. Instead, rely on safety life jackets and other equipment that have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Tip 6: Alcohol & Water Don’t Mix
Drinking alcohol is never a good idea if the water is nearby or involved. The effects of alcohol can decrease coordination and the judgment of the most talented swimmers.
Tip 7: Don’t Hold Your Breath
While seeing how long swimmers can hold their breath might feel like a classic summertime game, it can be dangerous. When someone holds their breath for too long, especially during a contest, they can pass out and drown.
Tip 8: Learn CPR & Basic First Aid
Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save someone’s life after a drowning accident. Someone can succumb to the deadly effects of drowning in the time it takes for emergency responders to arrive. So, knowing CPR can keep someone alive until professional help gets to the scene. Many cities and towns offer local courses that teach residents CPR and first aid techniques.
Tip 9: Check the Weather
Never swim in windy conditions or thunderstorms. Lightning strikes make swimming incredibly risky, and high winds can create difficult conditions to swim in.
Pool Owners Are Legally Committed to Safety
If you or a loved one suffered from an accident at a pool, premises owners had a responsibility to prevent the incident. Since pools have inherent dangers, property owners are required to make sure they are mitigating dangers at all opportunities.
Arnold & Itkin is ready to fight for those suffering after a swimming accident. Our drowning accident lawyers have won billions of dollars for clients. We’re ready to make negligent parties provide answers for their behavior, so they never let what happened to you happen to someone else.
Call Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation of your case at (888) 493-1629. Speaking with a member of our team is free, and we only collect a fee if we win results for you.