Memorial Day Highlights Swimming Pool Drowning Risks in South Florida

May 24, 2013

In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States (and especially in the state of Florida), and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, the month of May 2013 is National Water Safety Month!

Swimming pools and spas should always be happy places. Yet each year many American families experience tragedies–drowning and non-fatal submersion injuries. Nearly all of these tragedies are preventable, and you can help.

Our Boca Raton swimming pool accident lawyers are here to help keep your summer safe out there in the pool. Luckily, there are a few simply safety tips (that many of us oftentimes overlook), which can help to ensure everyone’s poolside safety. Unfortunately, there is an average of 10 people who are killed in drowning accidents each and every day in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These accidents most commonly occur to our younger swimmers.

Residential in-ground pools now number about one million and home above-ground pools are estimated at three million, according to the National Swimming Pool Institute. The Institute also states there are about 340,300 in-ground pools in hotels, motels, apartments, parks and public facilities, schools, clubs and camps, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and that’s a lot of areas with serious risks for drowning accidents. it doesn’t matter if you’re at a friend’s pool, in your own pool or at a hotel’s pool, safety should always be your number one concern.

Swimming alone, or swimming without the proper adult supervision leads to a good number of drownings each year. Children need to be closely watched when playing in or around pools to eliminate these risks. It’s also a good idea to enclose your pool with a four-sided fence that stops their access to these areas. In fact, it’s typically the law.

Another common cause of these accidents are slippery walkways. When pool decks, ladders and diving boards aren’t properly kept, slip and fall accidents are likely.

And don’t forget about the risks of driving or jumping into shallow water. This is also a common cause of pool-related accidents.

Lastly, have everyone in your family enroll in a swimming class. In the Sunshine State, those classes are plentiful and just might have the information and techniques necessary to save your life — even if you’re a veteran swimmer just brushing up on your skills.

Be keeping an eye on your surroundings, you can help to reduce these kinds of accidents. Even though it’s the official start of summer and everyone’s heading out to the pools, you can’t slack on safety. Always have a phone nearby in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone knows how to act in and around a pool and you discuss these rules with all the members of your family. And make sure you prepare your pool to be as safe as it can be.

If you are dealing with a South Florida swimming pool accident or other child injury, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Fort Myers: (239) 337-7070. Boca Raton: (561) 347-7770. Naples: (239) 774-7779.