With spring in full swing and summer rapidly approaching the idea of a day by the pool to avoid the heat is becoming more and more desirable. Although a swimming pool can make for a great day, those with young children need to practice safety to help in the prevention of injury or death. A drowning loss is devastating to all parties involved. If you or someone you know has suffered from the drowning loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact a Parkersburg attorney at (304) 865-8530 for a free case evaluation.
Due to the their lack of swimming ability, children are the most frequent victims of swimming pool accidents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists drowning as the leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and the second leading cause for those ages 4-14. If visiting a public pool, make sure to follow these safety tips:
- Always supervise your children if at a pool with no lifeguard on duty.
- Make use of lifejackets if children are unable to swim.
- Get certified in CPR in case it is ever necessary.
In addition to the tips given above, these are some additional tips that should be followed if you have a pool at home:
- Drains should have anti-entrapment covers to prevent swimmers from being suctioned and getting stuck at the bottom of the pool.
- Pools should be surrounded by a fence equipped with a self-latching gate that is child proof.
Having to experience the loss of someone is a tragedy, especially if it’s your child and it was a situation that could have been prevented. If you or someone you love has lost a child to a drowning accident, contact Jim Leach, L.C., at (304) 865-8530 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Parkersburg attorney.