The weather is warming up and the sun is shining. This time of the year provides the perfect conditions to get outside and to take a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings about dangerous conditions for children especially. During the summer months, children face some of the highest risks for swimming pool accidents in Greenville and elsewhere.
According to SafeKids, there has been an average of about 800 children under the age 15-years-old who have died every year since 1999 because of unintentional drowning. In 2008, there were nearly 750 of these fatal accidents. They’re completely preventable. It just takes some awareness from parents and caregivers.
Our Greenville swimming pool accident attorneys understand that the summertime is a fun time for young residents across the country. Kids are let out of school on summer break and the weather warms up just in time. We’re counting on parents to keep an extra watchful eye on our young swimmers this summer to help to prevent accidents. Without you, these young children are virtually helpless in and around the pool.
As a matter of fact, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death among kids under the age of 14-years-old. From 2006 to 2008, there have been more than 5,000 spa- or pool-related submersion injuries treated at emergency rooms across the county.
Parents and guardians are urged to keep an eye on the younger children. Kids under the age of 5 account for more than 75 percent of reported swimming pool fatalities. They also account for about 80 percent of E.R. submissions for such injuries.
Most of these kinds of accidents happen at homes rather than at public pools. It’s not just swimming that we need to worry about. We also need to keep an eye on children near pool drains. From 1995 to 2005, there were about 100 cases of body entrapment by a spa or pool drain. There were another 45 reports of hair entanglement in these drains during this time.
It’s time to set up some safety measures to help to prevent any of these kinds of accidents during the summer season. Parents are urged to set up four-sided fences around their home’s pool. These fences can potentially prevent 50 to 90 percent of drowning accidents. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to look into door alarms, pool covers, pool alarms, etc. to keep kids away. Drain covers are also highly recommended.
Here are some more tips to help to prevent backyard drownings:
-Keep pools fenced and locked whenever adults are not present.
-Whenever above ground pools are not being used, remove the steps.
-Always keep rescue equipment nearby.
-Learn CPR and First-Aid.
-Always supervise children in the pool, even if they’re able to swim.
-Never substitute flotation devices for supervision.
If you or your child has been involved in a swimming pool accident in Greenville, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free and confidential consultation today.
More Blog Entries:
Pool drain cover recall leaves Greensboro swimmers at high risk of entrapment or drowning in pool accidents, North Carolina Personal Injury lawyers Blog, June 5, 2011
Pool Safely campaign aimed at reducing drowning deaths in Winston-Salem, elsewhere in country, North Carolina Personal Injury lawyers Blog, June 3, 2011