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:
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:
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.
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.