With summer in full swing, millions of Americans flock to private and public swimming pools to cool off and enjoy the warm weather. However, swimming pools present dangers that can result in accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
According to reports by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 400 people drown in swimming pools and spas every year, while thousands more suffer injuries in swimming pool accidents. Additionally, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children under four years of age.
In order to protect yourself and your family from swimming pool accidents this summer, follow these important safety tips:
- Do not, under any circumstances, leave children alone in or near the pool.
- If a toddler or infant is near the pool, an adult should always be within arm’s reach.
- If you have a pool at your home, ensure that a sturdy, five-foot tall fence surrounds all four sides.
- Pool gates need to self-close and self-latch at a height that is out-of-reach to children.
- If lifeguards are on duty, make sure they know CPR and can rescue a child if an accident occurs.
- Whether it’s a life preserver of shepherd’s hook, have rescue equipment nearby
- Educate your children about swimming pool safety
- Do not swallow pool water.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a swimming pool accident that was caused by the negligent actions of a property owner, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation via a premises liability claim. At MR Civil Justice, our Dallas personal injury attorneys can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action to help you make the best recovery possible from injury.