The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released some very troubling statistics related to drowning (non-boating) in the United States.
- From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually — that’s about 10 deaths per day.
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children.
- Nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, such as memory problems, learning disabilities and a permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
What are Some of the Dangers Associated With Pool Use and How Can My Family Stay Safe?
The online resource, WebMD, has compiled a list of safety concerns for child pool use.
- When enjoying the pool with the family, remember to supervise children at all times.
- Establish a swimming buddy system and take the time to communicate the dangers of pool use with your child.
- Demand that all children and adults using the pool exercise caution and act appropriately.
- If the pool does not allow for diving, do not allow your children to do so and be sure to comply with all posted rules.
- Weather can change quickly, so make sure that you are aware of and respect the danger of storms.
Adults should always comply with pool rules and act in a responsible manner. This means that adults should limit their alcohol intake, follow all posted rules and exercise good judgment at all times.
Who is Responsible for Pool Maintenance and Safety?
Make sure to inspect the pool and the areas around it prior to use. If the water does not appear to be clean or is the wrong color, do not use. If there is debris or broken glass in or around the pool, do not use.
Home pools should also have safety features designed to prevent children from using the pool when not supervised. For example, a pool should have a properly-fitted cover or there should be a gate with locks to prevent unauthorized access.
Pools should be inspected regularly by professionals to ensure that the water has the proper chemical mix and is in good condition. Other online resources are available to guide pool owners with the maintenance of their home pools.
All of the same rules apply to public pools and the presence of a lifeguard does not mean that you or your family should act recklessly.
Pool safety is everyone’s responsibility, but if you have a personal residence pool, you have a responsibility to make sure that it is safe for use and that children are prevented from using the pool when supervision is not present.
How Can an Attorney Help Me if I Have Been Injured While Using a Pool?
If you have been injured while using a pool that was kept in an unsafe condition, contact the New Jersey slip and fall lawyers at the law offices of Helmer, Conley and Kasselman, P.A. to discuss your injuries and learn how we can help.
An attorney is your ally throughout the legal process. We can work with you to ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a complete evaluation of your case.