Drowning and near-drowning is an all-too-common cause of death and injury
each summer, whether swimmers are in a pool, lake, river, or other body
of water. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
the majority of drowning deaths and injuries each year are suffered by
children, particularly those under age 16.
You can take several steps to help protect the safety of those you love
this summer. When you’re out by a pool or other body of water, consider
the following tips:
- Always supervise children when they are near a pool or other water. Teach
children to never go into a pool area or near water without adult supervision.
- Teach children how to swim. Older children can also learn basic first aid
and CPR techniques, which may save a life if someone is injured during
swimming or while boating.
- Find the drains, pipes, and other attachments in a pool or hot tub, and
take care to stay away from them. Teach children to stay away from them
to avoid entrapment.
- Keep a first aid kit and floatation devices near the pool. Show swimmers
where these are, and teach children how to use them if someone else is
injured or needs help.
- Install a fence that is four feet tall or taller around the entire perimeter
of the pool area. Consider putting alarms on the gates and doors to alert
you if someone enters the pool area without permission.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our experienced San Jose accident attorneys
can help you seek the compensation you need after a water-related injury.
Contact us today to learn more.