As children play near pools and beaches this summer, parents must remain vigilant to protect their children from the risk of drowning.
Near Swimming Pools and Spas
According to MN Water Safety Coalition, there are approximately 383 pool- or spa-related deaths among children ages 14 and under every year.
Many of these tragedies happen because the parents fail to take precautions. Following the tips listed below can greatly reduce the risk of your children entering a life-threatening situation within their own pool.
- Prepping Your Pool or Spa
- Construct a fence around all sides of a pool or spa. Lock and alarm the gate. Doing so prevents young children from accessing the pool area unsupervised and keeps them within a limited play space that is easy to monitor when the pool is in use.
- Cover your pool or spa when it is not being used.
- Use approved anti-entrapment drains and back-up devices.
- Learn CPR and how to use rescue equipment.
- Using Your Pool or Spa
- Watch your children constantly. It takes only a moment for your child to enter a life-threatening situation.
- Keep a phone handy to use in case of an emergency.
- If your children struggle to swim, outfit them in appropriate flotation devices.
Near Open Water
According to a study released in May by Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, 43 percent of fatalities occur in open water.
Lakes, ponds, rivers, and oceans can be dangerous places for your child to swim due to uncontrollable variables such as currents, tides, and weather. Protect your child in these locations by following the tips listed below:
- Always monitor your children closely. Make sure they know how to swim and how to react in the case of a rip current.
- Properly outfit your children in U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
- Obey warnings represented by colored beach flags.
- Watch for dangerous waves, rip currents, and changes in the weather.
- Stay within sight of a lifeguard, if possible.
Within the Home
Between 2006 and 2010, 434 water submersion fatalities occurred at home in bathtubs, buckets, toilets, and landscaping features to children under the age of 5, according to The MN Water Safety Coalition.
Since children can drown in as little as two inches of water, it is extremely important to prevent children from accessing water unsupervised. Below are some tips to keep your children protected within the home.
- Keep the bathroom and laundry doors closed.
- Empty all buckets, containers, and wading pools. Store them upside down.
- Teach all children over four years old to swim.
- Closely monitor children whenever they are in or around water.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
If your child was injured or killed in a drowning due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages. When deciding to hire a child injury lawyer to handle your case, your choice does matter. If you or a loved one have suffered because of a water-related injury, contact Thomas J. Henry. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Call us today for a free case review.