The Bay Area got a tragic reminder of the dangers of swimming pools and
hot tubs when a 1-year-old boy drowned in a backyard spa. According to a
Mercury News report, the fatal drowning occurred on the 10000 block of Anson Avenue
in Cupertino. Officials say the boy was being watched by someone at the
home, but was able to get outside and into the spa. Emergency responders
performed CPR but were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead at a
nearby hospital. It is unclear if the home had an alarm on the back door
or if a fence surrounded the spa.
This tragic accident occurred just two days after an 18-month old boy was
killed in a swimming pool in Antioch. These types of incidents are relatively
common, and now that summer is upon us, it is highly likely that they
will begin to happen more regularly.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there
were about 390 annual drowning deaths for children under the age of 15
between 2008 and 2010. There were also 5,100 pool- or spa-related submersion
injuries involving children each of those years. Some of those nonfatal
injuries resulted in permanent disabilities such as brain damage.
If you own a pool or spa, it is crucial that you do everything you can
to help prevent drowning accidents. Under the California Pool Safety Act,
you must have a fence, wall, or other barrier that isolates the swimming
pool from access to the home. You must have exit alarms as well that sound
when any door or window to the pool area is opened.
It is also advisable to never allow children in the water without close
supervision and to take CPR classes to acquire the lifesaving skills you
will need in the event of an emergency. If your loved one has been injured
in a pool or spa accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please
contact the experienced swimming pool accident lawyers at Caputo &
Van Der Walde LLP for a free and comprehensive consultation. We are here
to help you protect your rights and obtain fair and full compensation
for all your losses.