Pool Safely campaign aimed at reducing drowning deaths in Winston-Salem, elsewhere in country

We posted previously on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog that swimming pool drain defects and faulty drain covers can lead to a high risk of drowning accidents in North Carolina. Our Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers want to remind pool owners that drain covers are not the only risk involved in swimming pools, so use caution when you are supervising small children as we head into the heart of swimming season.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced there have been 118 pool and spa incidents reported in the first five months of 2011 in 29 different states and regions. Additional statistics provided by CPSC show that:

-96 percent of victims who are submersed in pools will die and 72 percent of fatalities occur the same day as the incident.

-4 percent of near-drowning victims survive beyond a week. In most cases, they will have extensive injuries that require medical care.

-From 2006 to 2008, approximately 383 pool and spa-related drowning incidents occurred with children under the age of 15.

-76 percent of drowning fatalities were children younger than age 5 from 2006 to 2008.

-About 5,100 emergency room visits occurred from 2008 to 2010 involving pool-related accidents for children 14 and under; 79 percent of injuries involved children under 5.

-Children ages 4 and younger accounted for 84 percent of fatalities (2006-2008) and 61 percent of injuries (2008-2010) taking place at residential locations.

“CPSC’s new data shows that the number of drownings and near-drownings involving children younger than 5 are still a serious public health issue,” said Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC is committed to reducing the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents in swimming pools and spas in the country. The Pool Safely campaign and its partners encourage parents and children to take as many water safety steps as possible to help save a life.”

The Pool Safely campaign is a national event to create awareness and practice safe behaviors in order to reduce the number of submersion and entrapment accidents in pools, which often lead to drowning.

Advocating for the campaign, Safe Kids North Carolina offers the following simple steps to save lives:

-Adults should actively supervise children near water at all times.

-Barriers that include self-closing, self-latching gates should be properly installed around the perimeter of private pools.

-Keep a close proximity to children swimming in a pool. Stay alert for inappropriate behavior.

-Adults, including babysitters, should know how to swim and perform CPR when supervising children playing or swimming in water areas.

-Alarms, barriers and sensors should be installed around pools to make them a safer environment for small children.

If your child has been involved in a swimming pool accident, the personal injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. can help you get the compensation you deserve. We represent victims and their families in North and South Carolina so call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:
Watercraft Accidents in North Carolina a High Risk for Injury During the Summer Months, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 4, 2011

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