Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under
the age of five. In California, 30 children drowned in pool accidents in 2011.
Nationwide, the majority of deaths take place at a person’s home.
Overall, 60 percent of fatalities occur in in-ground swimming pools, 15
percent occur in aboveground swimming pools and 9 percent occur in portable pools.
child injuries at the pool can occur even when adults are around, the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission is urging that every pool-related events feature a designated
“water watcher.” Much like a designated driver, the person’s
job is to make sure everyone stays safe, particularly young swimmers.
Specific tasks of the “water watcher” include:
- Watching the children in the pool and never leave them unattended.
- Regularly scanning the bottom of the pool.
- Avoiding poolside chats and talking on the phone.
- Keeping a phone at the pool for emergency use only and knowing the address
of the pool.
- Calling 911 and following advice to administer CPR if necessary.
- Locating and learning to use all pool safety equipment.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego pool
accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.