Part of McMinn Law Firm’s Injury & Accident Checklist Resource Series
If you own a pool, you are responsible for its maintenance and security, including that of any person that might come in contact with it. Drowning does not only cause death, it can result in long-term injury possibly leading to lawsuits seeking damages for medical costs and pain and suffering.
Keep these safety tips in mind to prevent drowning and submersion injuries, as compiled by the McMinn Law Firm.
The PoolSafely.gov site provides the following information:
- 66% of reported submersion fatalities involved children younger than 5 years of age
- 85% of fatalities of children less than 5 years of age occurred in residential locations
- Newly-mobile children between the ages of 12 to 35 months represented 64 percent of the 2008 fatalities
✔ Always Know Where The Children Are
This might sound like Caretaking 101, but most submersion incidents happen when a child is thought to be somewhere else. Always know where children are spending their time if they are near a pool or have access to one.
✔ Implement Safety Locks
If you own a pool, or are responsible for children near a pool, ensure that the pool area is properly fenced with safety locks. If a fence is not an option, consider inside safety locks on doors and windows leading to the pool as a common child-proofing mechanism.
✔ Swim Safety
It is advisable to know how to swim if you are responsible for children in the vicinity of a pool. Secondary accidents are possible if the responsible party is unable to protect themselves in a water-related emergency.
✔ Access to Phones
Always keep a landline or a charged phone in the vicinity of a pool for use in the event of an emergency.
✔ Get Certified in CPR
Part of responsible pool ownership or authority is knowing how to respond to a crisis. Find a Red Cross chapter near you to receive CPR certification.
✔ Use The Safety Cover All Year
Though it might seem unsightly, using the safety cover year round is yet one more barrier to prevent submersion injuries or death.
✔ Don’t Drink and Swim
The CDC says alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths of adolescents and young adults in water, and almost a quarter of emergency room visits related to drowning.