The summer is here and it's time to pack away those jackets and scarfs and pull out the swim trunks and the pool toys!
It's also time to be on the lookout for swimming pool dangers and to take the proper safety precautions to help to eliminate the risks of swimming pool accidents in Montgomery and elsewhere. Drownings and other pool-related accidents are in fact 100 percent preventable when the proper safety precautions are taken.
During this time of the year, we see the highest risks for these kinds of accidents. We all need to keep an eye on our children especially. It's our young ones that face the highest risks for fatal pool accidents during the summer season. As a matter of fact, about 20 percent of drowning-related accidents occur to residents who are under the age of 15-years-old. For every child who suffers a fatal drowning accident, another 5 are sent to the emergency room for related injuries. Luckily, there are some safety steps that we can all take to help to reduce these risks. Our Montgomery child injury attorneys are here to share that information with you and help to keep everyone safe during this year's summer season.
From 2000 to 2009, there were nearly 4,000 fatal drowning accidents that happened in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This doesn't even count boating accidents. It's most important that we keep an eye on our youngest children. Kids between the ages of 1- and 4-years-old have the highest swimming pool-related accident rates. In 2009, of the young ones who died from an unintentional injury, about a third of them died in drowning-related accidents.
What can help to keep our little ones safe near the pool?
-Consider swimming lessons. Kids who are, and have been, enrolled in swimming lessons have a smaller change of drowning. Unfortunately, most young ones don't have formal swim training.
-Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When seconds matter, this is going to be your life-saving tool. When CPR is performed by bystanders, the chances of surviving increase dramatically.
Tips to help keep you safe in the water:
-Always supervise young ones near a pool.
-Always use the buddy system. Never allow anyone to swim alone.
-Learn to swim. Make sure everyone in your household has undergone professional swim training.
-Remember that floating toys are not a substitute for safety devices.
-Never swim and drink alcohol. The two don't mix and can produce deadly results.
-Know about the weather conditions before scheduling your pool party.
-Consider installing a four-sided fence if you have small children in your home.