4th of July Pool Safety Overview
It’s a tradition- families across the United States coming together to celebrate Independence Day poolside. But while a pool party may be the best way to beat the heat this week, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding parents and caregivers that pool drowning accidents spike near the 4th of July. Fortunately, families need only follow a few simple safety tips to keep kids safe.
4th of July Pool Accident Facts
- According to USA Swimming, during Fourth of July week (June 30 – July 6) 2011, there were 25 drowning incidents involving children younger than 15.
- In 2010, there were 24 incidents that same week.
- CPSC reports that an average of 390 children under 15 drown in pools/spas each year.
- Another 5,200 children of that same age group are hospitalized for near-drowning accidents.
- Drowning accidents can cause severe injuries, including brain damage and death.
Pool Safety for the Entire Family
- Teach children water safety basics and how to swim.
- Never leave a child unattended near or in a pool or hot tub.
- When supervising children, keep a cell phone with you at all times.
- Learn to perform CPR on children and adults.
- Ensure that lifesaving equipment is available and easily accessible.
- Install gates/fences and pool and spa locks and alarms to keep children from entering pool areas unsupervised.
- If a child is missing, check the pool or spa first.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.