Pool and Spa Drain Accident a Spring Danger in South Florida
Gregg Hollander | April 23, 2011 | Personal Injury
While we are fortunate enough to experience beautiful weather all year long, we are also more vulnerable to pool accidents. It is important to keep our pools safe as they’re used virtually all year around.
It is critical to install a compliant cover in pools with direct suction. Both federal and state laws address this issue. A pool spa drain cover safety act, known as The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act), was put into effect after a young girl drowned as a result of being trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain, according to Pool Safely.
There have been an estimated 4,200 pool and spa submersion incidents for children under the age of 15 from 2007 to 2009. Children between the ages of 12 and 35 months represent 47 percent of these injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers would like to remind families that drowning is the second leading cause of death in the United States for children under age 14. We would also like to point out that it is the homeowner that is held responsible for these pool accidents. It is important to remember that the proper pool safety precautions and adult supervision are the two most critical factors in reducing the risk of swimming pool drowning incidents.
Florida has some of the highest rates in the United States for injuries and fatalities in swimming pool related incidents. It is important to keep an eye on your children as they can drown in shallow water in a matter of minutes. A homeowner’s failure to properly maintain their personal swimming pool can cause a tragedy. Make sure that your residential swimming pool is properly equipped with ladders, handrails, covers and fences. Make sure they are all used at appropriate times to reduce the risk of injuries to swimmers of all ages.
We urge you to practice every safety precaution when outside enjoying the beautiful weather. As Florida is home to more than 1,000,000 residential pools, we ask our residents to conduct regular inspections and make sure your pool meets safety standards. We also would like to remind you that many homeowner’s insurance policies take specific note of swimming pool liabilities and may have special requirements for insurance coverage, usually requiring more coverage than that of a home without a pool.