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Swimming Pool Accidents Happen When You Least Expect Them


“More than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger,” claims cdc.gov.  Additionally, their statistics show that “for every child who dies from drowning, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”

Even though summer has come and gone, swimming pool accidents are still a household threat, especially with small children around.  On Monday, September 28, 2009, myfoxorlando.com reports that in Palm Beach, Fla. a two-year-old child navigated her way into an above ground pool while older children and adults were playing games in the house.

Just one-week prior an Associated Press article on wibc.com tells that, “A 3-year-old boy has died after he apparently drowned in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in Indianapolis”. Stories such as these types of swimming pool accidents are unfortunately all too common.

Decreasing the risk of swimming pool accidents

Supervising the activities of small children is probably the most effective in terms of reducing the potential for swimming pool accidents.  Even vigilant supervision is not 100% effective, so other methods of reducing the potential for swimming pool accidents must be employed.

Restricting access to the pool area is an effective way to protect small children.  Doors and fences that are self-closing and have harder to reach latches are good starting points.  Buzzers and alarms are another way to notify entry or access to the swimming pool area.

Reducing swimming pool accidents’ potential gravity

Having life-saving equipment such as floatation devices, poles, and CPR instructions are ways of combating the negative circumstances of swimming pool accidents, should they occur.  Additionally, a phone located near the swimming pool area reduces the amount of delay in calling 9-1-1.

California laws such as the Swimming Pool Safety Act, which requires the implementation of safety devices on pools and spas installed after Jan. 1, 2007, are helping to make these areas safer for all.  However, if tragedy does strike, contact one of the skilled swimming pool accident attorneys at Nadrich and Cohen. Our personal injury attorneys in Long Beach, Palm Springs or one of our other 26 locations are available to provide a free and confidential consultation. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658.

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