On July 19, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released new information that since Memorial Day, 90 children younger than 15 years old nationwide have drowned in swimming pools. 72% of the children were younger than 5 years old. 5 of the children drowned in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the deaths, 106 children required emergency response for near-drowning incidents.
With the recent heat waves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, many families enjoy using public and private pools; however, these pools can also easily become a place of danger. Many of us do not realize or pay any attention to the obvious danger pools can have.
For example, last week, I posted a blog about how some New Jersey hotels/motels that have pools are not required to have a lifeguard on duty. Some parents do not realize this and may let their children go to the pools by themselves.
Below are some simple steps provided by CPSC to keep your family safe this summer when going to pools:
Drowning or near-drowning accidents do unfortunately happen and can be caused by improperly designed pools or even the negligence of others. If you or your child was injured in a swimming pool accident, talk to an experienced NJ or PA swimming pool accident lawyer about your legal rights. These cases can involve different types of law and need to be carefully evaluated by a lawyer who know how to handle drowning or near-drowning accident cases.