It's that time of year again -- when we get to open up our swimming pools and enjoy some fun in the sun. Whether you're swimming in the pool at your home, the pool in your community, at a public pool or at a friend's pool, you're reminded to keep safety as a number one priority.
According to federal statistics, fatal drowning accidents continue to be the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for residents under the age of 14. For children who are under the age of 4, the risks is much higher.
Our Charlotte swimming pool accident attorneys understand that for every child who is killed in a swimming pool accident, another four are sent to the emergency room for care for serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 400 fatalities and more than 2,500 emergency room visits each year among children under the age of 5. Most of these accidents happen in home pools, too.
Who is most at risk for these swimming pool accidents?
-About 80 percent of the victims of these accidents are male.
-Children under the age of 14 are most commonly the victims of swimming pool accident.
-Minorities (African Americans) see a significantly higher rate of drowning fatalities than whites.
There are quite a few factors present in these drowning accidents. One of the most common is the lack of swimming ability. It's important that we're making sure our young ones are provided with the proper swimming skills at an early age.
It's also important to make sure that we're properly protecting our young ones from the pool. This means to make sure that you've got the proper barriers surrounding your pool. Make sure that they are equipped with a lock that cannot be accessed by our young ones. When a fence of a barrier is in place, we can reduce our child's risk by close to 85 percent.
Lack of proper supervision is also a common factor in these accidents. Supervision is more than just being in the same area as your pool and your young swimmers. You want to make sure that you're always watching them.
Location is going to tell you a lot about your risks, too. If you've got a swimming pool in your home, your risks are up there. If you live near lakes or rivers, your risks are pretty high, too. Don't forget that there are ways to help to prevent these risks though, regardless of where you live. You have to make sure that these areas can't be accessed by your little ones.
It's important that we're keeping the conversation active about water safety with our young ones. Awareness and education is one of the best ways to help to prevent these accidents. Make sure you provide them with the tools and supervision they need to stay safe out there, whether swimming in water or playing around it.