With warmer weather just around the corner, it is important to remember to keep our children safe near the water. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death for young children ages one to four, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for people of all ages. Young children are particularly in danger of suffering a submersion injury. Therefore, it is crucial that parents remain attentive and appropriate safety measures are taken.
One way to keep children safe is to properly instruct them on how to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports giving swimming lessons for children as young as one year old. Taking formal swimming lessons can reduce drowning risks by up to 88 percent for children one to four years old.
Additionally, young children should be provided life jackets. Even if a child knows how to swim, he or she should wear a properly fitted life jacket. Water wings, noodles, and inner tubes are toys and not suitable replacements for an actual life jacket.
Even when a child has been trained to swim and a life jacket is being worn, supervision will still need to be provided. In fact, a child should never be in or near a pool without proper adult supervision. Fences, alarms, and locks for doors and gates should surround pools. Many drowning accidents occur when a child escapes his or her own home and wanders into the pool. It only takes a moment for a simple accident to result in devastating or fatal injuries. It is important to have these “layers of protection” around a swimming pool in order to prevent such tragic incidents.
A skilled swimming pool accident lawyer in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein can help families get fair compensation for losses suffered in drowning incidents. We wish you and yours a safe summer season. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.