How To Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents
Spring is here and along with milder weather comes swimming pool parties and increased activity around the pool and spa. Now is the time to make sure your pool is safe for the ones who use it most, the kids.
There has been an increased focus recently on pool accidents involving children and how to lessen the the instances of swimming pool accidents. Many pool accidents are preventable and with a very small effort you can ensure a safe environment for your children.
Special Pool Drain Covers
If you do not have a residential swimming pool, you should make sure the public swimming pool that your child visits is safe. Public swimming pools are required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to install specially designed pool drain covers to prevent the tragic hazard of drain entrapments in pools and spas that are publicly accessible.
You should also make sure that the friends of your child with swimming pools keep children’s safety at the top of their list. It may be a frightening statistic, but among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drownings occur in residential swimming pools.
About one-third of pool accidents happen in public pools while the other two-thirds happen at home. In fact children in the five to nine year old category have the highest frequency of circulation entrapment reports.
Circulation entrapment usually happens when children become stuck to the pool drain covers by the tremendous suction of the circulation pump. This can also cause the disembowelment of a child as well, if they sit on the grate.
Some circulation pumps can be extremely powerful, that’s why your children should be made aware of the danger. There are pool drain covers that are designed to lessen the chance of a child being injured by being held through suction to the swimming pool drain cover.
Another important fact that should make you think twice is that most young children who were victims of pool accidents were last seen indoors and they had been out of sight less than five minutes. A majority of these children when the pool accidents occurred were in the care of one or both of the child’s parents at the time.
Barriers Prevent Pool Accidents
One of the biggest problems the homeowner faces in trying to make the home safer is restricting access to the pool. Barriers are the best method for securing access to a residential swimming pool. In many states and counties, laws have been passed to insure the safety of swimming pools through the mandated erection of barriers designed specifically to prevent swimming pool accidents.
Barriers are by far the safest way to control access to the swimming pool. Even with proper barriers installed, an adult who can swim should always be present when children are using the pool or spa, with a cell phone so they will have no reason to leave the children unattended. If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, contact a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.