Now that school is out for summer, many San Diego children will be spending
a lot more time in and around pools. Whether splashing in a portable pool
or diving into the deep end, it is important to keep safety in mind.
Tragically, nearly 400 children younger than 15 drown in swimming pool
accidents every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s
(CPSC) latest statistics. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 represent
67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries, according
to the CPSC.
“Most of these incidents happen at home, and all of these tragedies
are preventable. I urge all parents and caregivers to teach children to
swim or sign them up for swim classes, put a fence around all pools, and
always watch children in and around the water,” said Acting CPSC
Chairman Robert Adler.
As a reminder, below are a few key tips for a safe swimming season:
- Designate an adult to serve as a “water watcher” every single
time children are in or near the water;
- Make sure you and your children know how to swim;
- Keep a phone nearby when children are in the pool;
- Learn how to perform CPR; and
- Equip pools with proper safety measures, including fences, gates, and safe
drain covers. For extra protection, install alarms that sound when children
go near the pool.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured due to the negligence
of another party, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.