Every year over 400 kids drown in swimming pools. Over half of them are under the age of five. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children right behind auto accidents.
In Los Angeles alone an average of two children per week drown, during peak seasons. Here are eight rules to follow in order to keep your family safe from pool accidents.
1. Do not permit alcohol
You should not allow any alcohol consumption of any type where children are present or might be present at a later time.
2. No diving boards unless lifeguards are on duty
When you think of a swimming pool you may immediately think of a diving board, but due to an avalanche of deaths and serious injuries a vast majority of non life guarded pools now do not come with diving boards. Unless you have a life guard on duty bottom line don’t have a swimming pool with a diving board.
3. No body entrapment/entanglement devices
Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards once represented an eight- year old girl whose toe got caught in a swimming pool suction device. She was submerged until major brain damage occurred. As a result, the May 2004 Consumer Products Safety Hazard Release contained the following statement:
To prevent body entrapment and hair entrapment/entanglement, have a qualified pool professional inspect the drain suction fittings and covers on your pool and spa to be sure they are
proper size, properly attached, and meet current safety standards. If your pool or spa has a single drain outlet, consider installing a safety vacuum release system that breaks the vacuum to avoid a potential entrapment condition.
4. Maintenance checks and surveillance before each use
It’s very important to properly maintain and inspect your pool on a regular basis. Make sure that your pool is clean and clear so you can see the bottom of the pool. Having a pool is a big responsibility and a big time/money commitment.
5. Stock first aid equipment
Because of the great potential for injury, basic first aid items must be within a close proximity of the pool at all times.
6. Provide constant supervision to all children
Constant supervision of children in and around pools are extremely important. Do not allow children to swim without a lifeguard or responsible adult on duty. One SPSC study showed that almost 70 percent of young victims were not expected to being or even around the pool the time of the accident. In less time that in takes to run inside for a glass of water or answer a phone call, a child can drown.
7. Learn CPR and rescue techniques
In the event of an incident, knowing how to administer the proper first aid might save a child’s life. There are many classes around you the American Heart Association has a great CPR class search tool to find the nearest CPR class to you.
Swimming Pool Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been involved in a swimming pool accident, the swimming pool accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm can help. Visit our swimming pool accident page for more information about swimming pool accidents. To schedule a free case consultation to speak with a swimming pool accident lawyer, complete our online case consultation form, or call us on (800) 522-7274.