While swimming pools provide entertainment and relief from the heat of summer, they are also extremely dangerous. Not only are surfaces around pools wet, creating the risk of slip and fall accident, but unintentional drowning incidents are the fifth leading cause of injury death in the United States. Drowning deaths primarily affect children aged 14 and younger.
At the pool this summer, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind to reduce the risk of harm to yourself or your loved ones:
Invest in Swimming Lessons
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons for children four years of age and older, and for children ages one-four in certain cases. Knowing how to swim could save your child’s life.
Always Supervise Children, Young & Old Alike
Whether you are at the pool with your three-year-old or your 13-year-old, keeping a close eye on your kid when they are in or around water is essential. Suffering a serious pool injury only takes a minute; make sure your child is constantly supervised.
Talk About Diving and Jumping
Diving is a great sport, and nothing beats a cannonball into a pool. But diving and jumping – especially head first – can be very dangerous. Talk to your child about jumping and diving safety, and make sure they know to never dive head first into shallow water.
Use Approved Flotation Devices
If your child isn’t comfortable and confident in their swimming abilities quite yet, don’t hesitate to use life vests and other child-approved flotation devices. Life vests can help to protect your child while also allowing them to play and enjoy pool time.
Injured in a Pool Accident?
If you or a loved one is injured at the pool this summer, contact the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC if you think your injuries were caused by another party’s negligence. Our lawyers will work hard for you.