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Pool Drowning Is The Leading Cause Of Unintentional Death For Young Children|PA Recreational Activity Accident Lawyer

Posted on May 26, 2013

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. In fact, most child drowning incidents occur in backyard pools. *Source: www.cpsc.gov

CPSC's new report on injuries and reported fatalities in pools or spas shows the following annual averages:

  • 76% of the 390 children under the age of 15 who were in pool or spa-related drownings were younger than the age of 5;
  • 78% of the 5,100 children under the age of 15 who were treated in emergency rooms for submersion injuries were younger than the age of 5.

With summer just around the corner, many public pools are opening, and many families will have pool parties.  In order to make sure young children are safe, simple safety steps can be taken to prevent drownings and accidents such as:

  • Be alert and always watch the children in or near a pool.
  • Keep children away from pool drains or pipes to avoid children getting trapped.
  • Teach children how to swim and give them basic water safety tips.

Pool Drownings & Accidents Due To The Negligence of Others

Though swimming is a fun recreational activity for children of all ages, accidents do occur.  Sometimes, accidents occur because of someone else's negligence.  For example, if a public community pool does not have a proper drain cover, small kids can get trapped in it and get injured or even drown.

Another example is having an inadequate number of trained life guards at the pool.  Most states have regulations about the number of guards required per square foot of the pool, though some pools or facilities may not comply with that rule.  As a result, having insufficient life guards may be a contributing factor when a child drowns in a pool.

PA & NJ Recreational Activity Accident Lawyers

If your child was injured in a pool related accident and you would like to know his/her legal rights, feel free to call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP at 877.944.8396.

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