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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.

New Jersey Swimming Pool Child InjuryAdditionally, 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.

A 4-year-old girl was hospitalized following a New Jersey swimming pool accident that occurred at a municipal swimming pool. According to a news report in The Independent Press, the drowning accident occurred at the Summit Family Aquatic Center in Summit. A lifeguard pulled the motionless child out of the water and began administering CPR. The girl responded to the actions of the lifeguard and a registered nurse who happened to be at the facility. The extent of the child’s injuries is not known, but she was transported to a nearby hospital. It is unclear how long the girl was in the water or who was supervising her.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 3,443 unintentional drowning fatalities in the year 2007. That number means that about 10 people died everyday from drowning. More than one-fifth of all drowning victims are under the age of 15.

Companies, property owners, and club owners who operate swimming pools have a legal obligation to make sure their pools are safe for use. Proper supervision must be provided at all times. Whenever someone is injured in a swimming pool accident, it must be determined if negligence played a part in the incident.

The family of a nanny who gave her life saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning in a Syosset swimming pool accident is questioning the circumstances of her death. According to a news report posted on Eyewitness News’ Web site, the nanny, Anna Montana, jumped in the pool when the toddler fell in although she did not know how to swim. The nanny died while the boy survived.

When police and emergency personnel arrived at the home, the boy’s mother was with her son inside the home while Montana was lying facedown in the water. Paramedics were able to resuscitate the boy, but not the nanny. Montana’s family is now wondering why no one attended to her or tried to help her. Montana’s relatives believe that this tragedy could have been averted and that she was put in a dangerous position because of her inability to swim.
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