Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Pool Safety TipsJune 27, 2016
Now that summer is here, people are getting their pools cleaned out and prepared for use. This is a great time to review the importance of pool safety. Whether you have a pool in your backyard, or you attend a community swim club, it is important to always remember the potential dangers of swimming pools, particularly when there are young children in the vicinity who may not be able to swim. Nine people drown every day in the United States, a statistic that may be surprising to many, but is a reality that we must all keep in mind in order to prevent other swimming pool accidents from occurring.
Alarming Statistics on Drowning
- In children ages one to 14, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death.
- In children ages one to four, drowning is the number one cause of accidental injury-related death.
- Fencing around pools can decrease the number of drownings injuries by 50 to 90 percent.
- Each year, approximately 5,000 children 14 and under require hospitalization due to drowning-related accidents. Of those children, 15 percent are fatally injured and 20 percent suffer permanent brain damage.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Before dipping your toes into the pool water this season, remember to keep these important safety tips in mind so that you and your family can enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer.
- Always make sure children are supervised when they are in or around water, even if they know how to swim.
- Take a CPR class and insist that anyone who is responsible for your child on a regular basis learn CPR as well.
- Make sure that the pool is enclosed on all sides by a fence that is self-closing and self-locking to prevent children from entering the pool without permission.
- When the pool is not being used, put toys away so that a young child is not tempted to play with them near the water.
- Always check the pool first if a child is missing. If a child has fallen in the pool, every second can make a difference.
- If attending a public pool, only go in the water when a lifeguard is on duty and follow the rules at all times.
- Do not dive into a pool in an area that is less than six feet deep, as it can result in serious head and neck injuries, or even paralysis.
- Never swim during a thunderstorm. Do not return to the water until there has been no thunder or lightning for at least 30 minutes.
- Children who cannot yet swim should use flotation devices like vests or arm floaties to keep them afloat and must always be supervised by an adult.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Swimming Pool Accidents
If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident, the dedicated Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton understand how devastating these types of injuries can be, especially when the victim is a child. We will thoroughly examine the details of your case and secure the maximum financial compensation. To schedule your free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Maryland, and represents injured victims and their families throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, Eastern Shore, Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Towson, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Glen Burnie, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.