Important Facts About Swimming Pool InjuriesFiled under Personal Injury
With the arrival of summer, many people in Las Vegas enjoy swimming pools but never think twice about the dangers associated with this popular recreational activity. For example, did you know that every day in the United States approximately 10 people die from a drowning? If you’re a parent, you need to be especially mindful of the dangers associated with swimming pools.
Is This A Significant Problem?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), a federal government agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, there were approximately 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States from 2005 through 2009. That’s roughly 1,000 drownings a year.
Sadly, 20% of all drownings involve children below the age of 14. That’s not all, according to the CDC, for every child who dies from a drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
More than half of all drowning victims who are treated in an emergency room setting require hospitalization. Although there are a range of injuries that can occur as a result of a drowning incident, according to the CDC nonfatal drownings can result in severe brain injuries that can lead to memory loss, learning disabilities and impairment of other life functions.
Who Is At Risk?
According to the CDC, approximately 80% of people that die from a drowning are male. Children between the ages of one and four have the highest rate of drowning fatalities. Most often, these drownings involving young children occur in a home swimming pool. The CDC’s statistics indicate that, among young children between the ages of one and four, drowning are the second leading cause of death following motor vehicle accidents.
What Factors Can Lead To A Drowning?
Lack of Barriers: Proper fencing and other barriers can protect young children and can keep them from accessing a pool area without an adult’s knowledge. According to the CDC, a four-sided barrier reduces a child’s chances of drowning nearly 83% compared to three-sided property lining fencing.
Lack of Swimming Ability: Obviously, at such a tender age, many small children do not know how to swim properly. Accordingly, it is essential to never leave a child unattended in a pool. Even parents that are excellent swimmers should only attend public pools that have trained life-guards. Given that a drowning can occur in seconds, it is essential to have a life-guard present in a public setting.
Lack of Appropriate Supervision: Again, having a trained professional nearby is very important. Whether in a public pool, a beach or a lake, it is wise to protect the safety of a child by ensuring the presence of a life-guard. Far too many accidents and tragedies occur because of failure to exercise appropriate supervision.
Precautions And Tips To Ensure Safety
You can keep your family safer this summer with the ABC & D’s of drowning prevention.
A = Adult Supervision
Constant adult supervision is crucial to ensuring your child’s safety near and in your pool. Designate an adult who can swim to supervise during parties and never allow your children in the pool alone. A drowning can occur in seconds. If adults will be indoors for a portion of the time it may be best to hire a certified lifeguard to keep your children and guests safe.
B = Barriers
Barriers surrounding your pool will add layers of protection. Self-closing latches on gates and non-climbable fences will help to keep children out of the pool when you are unable to supervise the area.
C = Classes
Ensure everyone in your family has taken classes to learn to swim and perform CPR. Never assume your child is safe in or near the pool after learning to swim. The ABC & D’s of pool safety work together!
D = Devices
Creating a safe pool environment means being prepared. Purchase lifesaving rings, require child and non-swimmers to wear personal floatation devices and keep CPR instructions mounted near the pool. Your phone should be nearby at all times with your location’s address posted as well.
For more information on pool safety please visit GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.